Wayne State freshman starter Ryan Obrecht took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hit shutout and 10 strikeouts in a 11-0 win for the Wildcats in the second game of a Northern Sun Conference baseball doubleheader vs. Concordia-St. Paul Wednesday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. The visiting Golden Bears won the opener 9-1 for a split of the twinbill for Wayne State’s first home loss this season (17-1). Wayne State is now 30-13 and 21-9 in the NSIC while Concordia-St. Paul is 20-19 and 11-16 in league play.
Both games were dominated by the starting pitcher as Concordia-St. Paul’s Louie Varland fired a five-hitter with nine strikeouts in the 9-1 Golden Bear win in the opener while Obrecht went one step better in the second game and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hit shutout and 10 strikeouts in an 11-0 Wildcat win.
The Golden Bears scored three runs in the third to take the lead in the opener.
Wayne State’s lone run came in the fourth as Bryce Bisenius led off with a triple and scored on a Travis Miller single to left field.
Concordia-St. Paul then scored two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to close out the scoring.
The Wildcats had just five hits in the first contest, led by Brendan Madsen going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. Bisenius tripled and Peyton Barnes doubled while Miller had an RBI single.
Freshman starter Josh Renken (0-1) was tagged the loss on the hill, charged with three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Lawson Zenner, Ryan Petersen and Mitch Gullikson also worked in relief for the ‘Cats.
The story of the second game was Obrecht taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Wildcats scored all 11 runs in the first three innings to cruise in an 11-0 win.
WSC struck for four runs on four hits in the opening frame for an early 4-0 lead. Andrew Hanson delivered a two-run single for the key hit in the inning as the ‘Cats took advantage of a Golden Bear error, two walks and several wild pitches.
The second inning saw the ‘Cats strike for five runs after the opening two batters were retired. Barnes had a two-run double with Hanson adding an RBI double while Garrett Graveline produced a run-scoring single.
Wayne State scored two more runs in the third for an 11-0 lead, thanks to an RBI single from Miller and an RBI groundout by Bisenius.
Obrecht then turned into the story of the game as the freshman righthander face two batters over the minimum and took a no-hitter into the seventh. A second inning walk and a leadoff fielding error by the Wildcats in the fifth were the lone two runners allowed by Obrecht entering the seventh.
A leadoff single to shortstop in the seventh inning by Concordia-St. Paul’s Kyle Horstmann broke up the no-hitter by Obrecht, who then retired the next three batters with the final two coming on strikeouts to finish with a one-hitter and 10 strikeouts to improve to 7-0 on the season.
WSC had 14 hits in the win, led by Hanson going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Barnes ended 3 for 4 with two RBI while Miller went 3 for 4. CJ Neumann and Kyle Thompson each went 2 for 3 with Thompson scoring three runs.
The Wildcats will be at home this weekend hosting #24 Augustana in a three-game NSIC series with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by a nine-inning game Sunday at 12 p.m.