The Wayne State College baseball team scored five runs in the first two innings and five Wildcat pitchers limited Northeastern State to just three hits as the Wildcats opened the 2019 season with an 8-2 victory over the Riverhawks in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. WSC is now 1-0 on the year while Northeastern State drops to 0-4.
WSC struck for four runs in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Brendan Madsen singled followed by a double from Alex Logelin. Andrew Hanson walked to load the bases and Bryce Bisenius reached on a Northeastern State error to score the first Wildcat run.
Kyle Thompson drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 2-0. Jake Lemar and Jake Lorenzini added bases loaded walks to give WSC a 4-0 lead in the first.
Logelin led off the second inning with a solo homer to left field, giving the ‘Cats a 5-0 advantage.
Northeastern State scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the Wildcat lead to 5-2.
But WSC responded with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings for insurance.
Travis Miller led off the seventh inning with a single and pinch runner Colin Chick later scored on a Peyton Barnes double for a 6-2 Wildcat lead.
In the eighth, Madsen doubled and later scored on a Bisenius sacrifice fly and the final Wildcat run scored in the ninth when Barnes reached on a Riverhawk error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lorenzini.
Wayne State ended the contest with 11 hits. Logelin was 2 for 4 with a homer, double and two runs scored while Madsen went 2 for 6 with two runs scored. Barnes also had two hits, going 2 for 3 with a double and RBI, while Miller ended 2 for 4 with a pair of singles.
Lemar doubled with Kyle Thompson and Bisenius each producing singles.
Junior starter Aidan Breedlove (1-0) earned the pitching win, fanning six batters in four innings of work and allowing just one run on two hits.
Ryan Petersen, Mitch Gullikson, Andrew Staebell and Charles Hasty combined to hold Northeastern State to just one hit the rest of the game as Hasty worked two innings and did not allow a hit with one walk and one strikeout. Gullikson pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out two while walking three. Staebell worked 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief while Petersen was charged with one hit and two walks allowing one run.
Wayne State and Northeastern State will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m. in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.