WAYNE – The 2017 NSIC home opener weekend took place for the Wayne State College baseball team when Minot State University was in town.
WSC defeated MISU on March 9 in US Bank Stadium (9-4) during a nine-inning contest.
The ‘Cats and Beavers began a four-game series with a pair of games on Saturday.
From the opening contest, Minot State added single runs in the first and second before the ‘Cats mounted a three-run second inning. Trailing 3-2, the Beavers then scored a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and one more in the seventh to win 7-3.
The only extra bag, was from sophomore Kyle Thompson with double and a RBI. Senior Tandon Dorn and senior Chris May added a single and RBI each while senior Aaron Krier accounted for another single.
Redshirt senior Bobby St. Pierre suffered the loss (1-2) in five and a third innings of work allowing six runs (four earned) off of seven hits whiles striking out four batters and walking three. Junior Kyle Kennebeck worked an inning and two-thirds allowing an earned run off of three hits while striking out two batters and walking one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 1 0 0 1 3 1 7 10 2 – MISU
0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 2 – WSC
During the second game on Saturday, Minot would take control early with one run in the first and three more in the third. Leading 4-0, MISU added another run in the fifth, two more in the seventh and a four-run eighth inning. WSC would not be shutout, scoring a run in the eighth but lost 11-1.
In the defensive battle from the Beavers, only redshirt freshman Bryce Bisenius and freshman Peyton Barnes accounted for a single each. Barnes also scored the lone run.
Wayne State used four pitchers in the eight-inning contest. Freshman Hunter Weinhoff suffered the loss (1-2) in two and two-third innings of work allowing four earned runs off of two hits while striking out two batters and walking another four.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
0 1 3 0 1 0 2 4 11 10 0 – MISU
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 – WSC
The ‘Cats will host Minot State for two more games Sunday afternoon.