Freshman starter Ryan Obrecht fired six shutout innings of three-hit ball to power Wayne State to a 10-0 win in the second game to split a Northern Sun Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Winona State after the Warriors captured the opener 5-1. WSC is now 28-10 and 19-6 in the NSIC with Winona State at 16-15 and 9-10 in league games.
The opener saw Winona State score four runs in the third inning to take down the Wildcats 5-1.
Trailing 4-0 entering the fifth inning, WSC scored their lone run when Travis Miller doubled and crossed home plate on a CJ Neumann RBI single. Winona State then responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth to close the scoring.
Both teams had seven hits in the opener. Kyle Thompson was 2 for 4 while Miller and Jake Lemar each recorded doubles.
Sophomore lefthander Aaron Ras (2-3) was tagged with the loss, charged with three runs (all earned) in two innings of work allowing one hit with four walks and two strikeouts. Lawson Zenner, Josh Renken and Mitch Gullikson each worked relief for the Wildcats.
The second game was controlled by freshman righthander Ryan Obrecht, who improved to 6-0 on the year with six shutout innings of three hit ball as the Wildcats earned a split with 10-0 win in seven innings.
WSC opened the scoring in the second with an RBI double from Jake Lorenzini for a 1-0 lead.
The ‘Cats added two runs in the third, going in front 3-0. Miller had an RBI double with Colin Chick adding a run-scoring single.
Bryce Bisenius gave Wayne State a 6-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a three-run homer, scoring Lorenzini (walk) and Alex Logelin (single).
Another three-run inning for WSC in the fifth, without a hit, gave the ‘Cats a 9-0 advantage. WSC used five walks and a hit batter along with several wild pitches to produce three runs.
Back-to-back doubles by Logelin and Peyton Barnes in the seventh inning closed out the scoring as Wayne State posted the 10-0 win in seven innings.
WSC had 10 hits in the contest, paced by Logelin going 3 for 3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Miller ended 2 for 3 with three runs scored while Bisenius homered and had four RBI.
Obrecht impressed on the hill again with six shutout innings. He gave up just three hits and walked two with two strikeouts. Senior Charles Hasty worked a perfect seventh inning to preserve the shutout win.
Wayne State will be on the road this weekend with a key three-game NSIC series at #25 Minnesota State with a doubleheader Friday and nine inning contest on Saturday in Mankato, Minnesota.