Concordia-St. Paul scored 18 unanswered runs to erase an early 9-3 deficit as the Golden Bears outslugged Wayne State 23-15 Tuesday evening in a non-conference college baseball game played in Tucson, Arizona at the Tucson Invitational Games. WSC drops to 6-4 on the year while CSP is 5-0.
The Golden Bears scored twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. WSC answered with a two-run bottom of the first as Kyle Thompson’s RBI single scored Alex Logelin (single) with the other run coming on a Travis Miller groundout that brought home Brendan Madsen (single).
WSC scored four runs in the second to take a 6-2 lead. Key hits in the inning were an RBI double from Bryce Bisenius and run-scoring singles from Madsen and Miller.
After Concordia-St. Paul scored once in the top of the third, the Wildcats plated three more runs for a 9-3 advantage. Peyton Barnes and Jake Lemar had back-to-back RBI doubles while Logelin added an RBI double later in the inning.
But Concordia-St. Paul’s offense erupted for 18 straight runs over the next three innings, scoring five in the fourth, three in the fifth and a 10-run sixth inning to take a 21-9 lead.
Wayne State scored a single run in the sixth with CSP matching the single run in the top of the seventh.
The Wildcats produced five runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 22-15. Thompson had a two-run double with Logelin adding an RBI double. Bisenius also had an RBI single in the inning.
Concordia-St. Paul closed out the scoring with one more run in the eighth to make the final score 23-15.
The Golden Bears had 25 hits in the contest to 16 for the Wildcats. Both teams made one error.
Logelin paced Wayne State at the plate going 4 for 5 with three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Kyle Thompson went 2 for 6 with a double and three RBI followed by Peyton Barnes going 2 for 4 with a triple, double and two runs scored.
Bryce Bisenius was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored with Travis Miller and Brendan Madsen each adding two hits.
Mitch Gullikson, one of six Wildcat pitchers used in the contest, suffered the pitching loss. He was charged with three runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning. Noah Burt worked the final 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Wayne State will face Dakota Wesleyan Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Invitational Games.