Wayne State College and Regis split a non-conference baseball doubleheader Thursday afternoon in Denver, Colorado as the Rangers won the opener 4-2 followed by a 5-2 victory for the Wildcats in the second game. WSC is now 6-2 on the season with Regis 4-8 overall.
The opener saw the host Rangers limit the Wildcat offense to just four hits as Regis posted a 4-2 win over the Wildcats.
Regis scored two runs in the second and again in the fifth for a 4-0 lead.
WSC had their first scoring threat in the fifth with the bases loaded and one out on a Ranger error, walk and hit batter. But the ‘Cats could not come up with a key hit and left the bases loaded without scoring.
The ‘Cats did get on the board in the sixth inning as Andrew Hanson was hit by a pitch and scored on a Travis Miller sacrifice fly.
The final run for WSC came in the top of the seventh as Jake Lorenzini doubled down the left field line and later scored on a Brendan Madsen RBI single to close out the scoring.
WSC had just four hits in the contest. Madsen was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Lorenzini doubled and scored while Bryce Bisenius singled.
Junior starter Aidan Breedlove (2-1) suffered the pitching loss, charged with seven hits and four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Reliever Mitch Gullikson worked the final 2/3 of an inning and gave up one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
The second game saw junior starter Hunter Wienhoff fire 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball as the Wildcats held off a seventh inning rally by the Rangers.
Scoreless after three innings of play, WSC started the scoring in the fourth with a pair of runs as Bisenius had a one-out double to left center and scored on a Travis Miller two-run homer over the left field fence for a 2-0 Wildcat lead.
The ‘Cats added single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 5-0 advantage.
Garrett Graveline opened the fifth with a single and crossed home plate on a RBI double by Madsen. In the sixth, the ‘Cats scored on a two-out rally as Miller reached on a passed ball third strike and scored on a Colin Chick single to left field. In the seventh, CJ Neumann doubled and scored on Andrew Hanson’s RBI single.
In the Regis bottom of the sixth, Wienhoff maintained his shutout by avoiding a bases loaded situation. The Rangers used a single, walk and hit batter to load the bases. But Wienhoff used a pop up to third and a strike out to keep the shutout intact at the time.
The Rangers did score on Wienhoff in the seventh, recording back-to-back hits to start the inning that chased Wienhoff in favor of junior closer Lawson Zenner.
Regis produced three hits off Zenner, forcing another call to the bullpen for senior Charles Hasty. After issuing a walk to load the bases with two outs, Hasty got a strikeout to end the game as the Wildcats held on for the 5-2 win.
WSC had one more hit than Regis in the win 8-7. Eight different Wildcats had hits, led by Miller with a two-run homer. Bisenius, Neumann and Madsen each doubled while Hanson, Kyle Thompson, Chick and Graveline recorded singles.
Wienhoff (3-0) earned the pitching win, firing 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball to highlight a six inning outing. He was charged with four hits and two runs with three strikeouts and two walks. Zenner worked 2/3 of an inning and allowed three hits while Hasty recorded the final out for a save with one walk and one strikeout.
Wayne State and Regis will play another doubleheader Friday in Denver starting at 11 a.m. Central Time.