WAYNE – Following a neutral site split and home sweep this past Easter weekend, the Wayne State College baseball team played host to Upper Iowa University Thursday afternoon.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC brought in a run during the first inning. Upper Iowa countered with two runs in the top of the third before the ‘Cats tied the game with another run in the third. Wayne State then outscored Upper Iowa 2-1 in the fifth and 3-2 in the sixth to win 7-5.
Sophomore Kyle Thompson recorded a pair of doubles while driving in two runs. Senior Aaron Krier added a two-run homer as junior Tanner Simons tacked on two singles and a RBI.
Senior Kennan Breen picked up the win (4-0) in two-thirds of an inning allowing two hits as junior Kyle Kennebeck recorded his third save of the season in an inning allowing one hit while walking two batters. Senior Taner Ledezma started the game working five and a third allowing five runs (four earned) off of eight hits while walking two batters and striking out one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 2 0 1 2 0 5 11 0 – UIU
1 0 1 0 2 3 X 7 11 1 – WSC
During the second contest, both teams brought in a pair of runs in the first inning as the ‘Cats answered with two more runs in the second to lead 4-2. Upper Iowa brought in a run during the third, followed by WSC in the fourth and the Peacocks tied the game with two runs in the fifth at 5-5. Upper Iowa took an initial lead with a run in the seventh, but Wayne State used a two-run eighth and won the game 7-6. With the sweep, WSC is now 20-18 (15-11 NSIC) as Upper Iowa falls to 14-20 (10-16 NSIC). Wayne State has now won five straight games.
Krier added a pair of triples for his three-hit second game to go along with one RBI. Senior Bodie Cooper doubled during one of his two hits while driving in a pair of runs. Freshman Jackson Petersen singled and tacked on two RBI’s.
Breen recorded back-to-back wins (5-0) in an inning striking out two batters followed by another Kennebeck save (four) in an inning allowing two hits while striking out one batter. Junior Tegan Nissen started the game working five innings allowing five runs (three earned) off of seven hits while walking two batters. Juniors Dalton Smith and Brady Johnson each pitched an inning as Smith walked one batter and Johnson allowed an earned run off of two hits while striking out and walking one batter each.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
2 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 2 – UIU
2 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 X 7 10 1 – WSC
Wayne State College will next be in action this weekend at Northern State University. From Aberdeen, South Dakota games times are set for 4/6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and Noon/2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.