Wildcats Suffer Two, Extra Inning Defeats During NSIC Baseball Tournament

Wildcats Suffer Two, Extra Inning Defeats During NSIC Baseball Tournament
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

ST. CLOUD, MN – Following a three-run win for the Wayne State College baseball team Wednesday afternoon, WSC took part in a pair of games Thursday.

From Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, Minnesota, #4 Wayne State College battled with #1 Minnesota State-Mankato during the 2017 NSIC Baseball Tournament.

Runs didn’t come until halfway through the game when the Mavericks scored one in the fifth and another in the eighth to lead 2-0. Wayne State forced extra-innings in the ninth with a pair of runs, but lost 3-2 in the 11th.

Senior Bodie Cooper drove in both runs off a double to pace WSC at the plate. Freshman Payton Barnes doubled during one of his two hits while junior David Janes also doubled.

Senior Bobby St. Pierre suffered the loss (5-6) during the final two and third innings allowing an earned run off of five hits while walking one batter. Freshman Aiden Breedlove started the game, working the first seven innings allowing an earned run off of three hits while striking out eight batters and walking three. Senior Kennan Breen also pitched an inning allowing an earned run off of two hits while striking out two batters.

Game two:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2  0  0  2   5  1 – WSC

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0  0  1  3  10 1 – MSU-Mankato

After about a 45-minute break, the ‘Cats were right back in action in the loser’s bracket with #6 Minnesota Duluth from Dick Putz Field Thursday evening.

The Bulldogs jumped out front with a run in the third to lead 1-0. Wayne State would counter in the seventh with a run, while both teams scored once in the eighth. Tied 2-2 entering the 10th, Minnesota Duluth brought in three runs off three hits to win 5-2. WSC ends their season at 29-24.

Senior Aaron Krier picked up a pair of doubles and drove in one run to lead WSC at the plate. Freshman Jackson Petersen, junior Tanner Simons and Cooper each accounted for a double during one of their two hits. Cooper also recorded an RBI.

Junior Kyle Kennebeck suffered the loss late in the game (1-1) in two and two-thirds allowing three earned runs off of three hits while striking out six batters. Senior Teague McFadden started the game, pitching seven innings allowing two earned runs off of three hits while striking out six batters and walking three.

Game three:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H  E

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0  3  5   7  2 – UMD

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0  0  2 12  1 – WSC

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