Minot State held off a late WSC rally to win the opener 3-2 and then the Beavers produced their own rally in the second game with a five-run eighth inning to stun the Wildcats 6-5 in the nightcap to complete a Northern Sun Conference baseball sweep over the Wildcats Thursday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. The games were moved from Minot, North Dakota to Wayne due to snow/field conditions in Minot. The Beavers are now 12-10 overall and 10-2 in the NSIC while WSC drops to 8-12 and 6-4 in NSIC play.
Both teams scored runs in the first inning in the opener. Bryce Bisenius singled through the right side to score Andrew Hanson (double) for Wayne State’s first run.
Minot State scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, both unearned, to take a 3-1 lead.
WSC rallied in the top of the seventh as Jake Lorenzini reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a Bisenius single to cut the Beaver lead to 3-2. The ‘Cats had runners on first and third with two out when Minot State closer Jack Gamba came on to get Travis Miller to pop up to second ending the game.
Wayne State outhit Minot State 7-3 in the loss. Bisenius was 2 for 4 with two RBI while Miller was 2 for 4 with a pair of singles. Hanson doubled while Jake Lemar and Tanner Simons both singled.
Starter Aidan Breedlove (1-3) suffered the pitching loss, allowing just three hits in a complete game effort. He fanned five and walked three while giving up three runs (one earned).
The second game saw WSC control the contest until the Beavers shocked the Wildcats with a five-run bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 6-5 win to complete the sweep.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first on a Bisenius RBI single to score Hanson (single). Tanner Simons (single) later scored on a wild pitch.
After Minot State scored in the bottom of the third to trim the lead to 2-1, WSC came up with three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-1 advantage. David Janes produced a two-run single to score Garrett Graveline (walk) and Jackson Petersen (error). Janes later scored the third run on a double steal for a 5-1 WSC lead.
The scored remained that way until the bottom of the eighth when Minot State struck for five runs on three hits and a pair of walks with the go-ahead run scoring on a wild pitch to give the Beavers a shocking 6-5 come-from-behind win.
WSC had seven hits in the second game, led by Bisenius going 2 for 4 with an RBI. Janes added a two-run single while Hanson, Jake Lorenzini, Simons and Petersen each singled.
Starter Aaron Ras worked the first six innings and gave up one run on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Reliever Isaac Rubendall worked the next 1 1/3 innings while sophomore reliever Lawson Zenner (1-2) pitched the final 2/3 innings and was charged with the loss, charged with three runs on two hits and one walk.
Wayne State and Minot State will close out the four game NSIC series in Wayne on Friday with a doubleheader starting at noon.