Peyton Barnes and Bryce Bisenius each recorded three hits as the Wayne State College baseball team salvaged the final game of their three-game NSIC series Saturday afternoon at #25 Minnesota State with a 9-5 victory. WSC is now 29-12 on the season and 20-8 in league play while Minnesota State is 29-9 and 20-6 in NSIC games.
WSC opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning, led by run-scoring singles from Kyle Thompson and Barnes along with an RBI triple by Andrew Hanson.
The ‘Cats added three more runs in the third with Barnes and Jake Lemar producing run-scoring singles while Travis Miller got an RBI on a bases loaded hit batter.
Wayne State took a 7-0 lead in the fourth on consecutive doubles from Bisenius and Hanson.
The host Mavericks cut into the Wildcat lead, plating two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to trim the WSC lead to 7-5.
The Wildcats added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Barnes laced an RBI double that scored Bisenius while Lemar followed with an RBI single that brought home Barnes for the 9-5 final score.
Wayne State held a 15-8 advantage in hits in the the contest. Bisenius finished 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored while Barnes went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Hanson ended 2 for 5 with a double, triple and two RBI while Lemar and Miller each had two hits.
Freshman Cade Herrmann was the winning pitcher, now 4-0 on the season. He worked 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Reliever Lawson Zenner worked one inning of relief and was charged with three runs, all unearned. Andrew Staebell (2 innings) and Charles Hasty (1 1/3 innings) then shut the door on the Mavericks with 3 1/3 innings of combined scoreless relief to get Wayne State the win.
The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex Wednesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader vs. Concordia-St. Paul.