Wayne State used a final inning rally and scored the game-winning run on a throwing error to win the opener 5-4 followed by a 12-5 win in the nightcap to complete a four-game NSIC baseball series sweep over the University of Mary Sunday afternoon at Millard North High School in Omaha. The Wildcats are now 6-8 overall and 4-0 in league play following the sweep while the Marauders drop to 2-12 and 0-4 in league games.
The opener saw WSC tie and win the game in unusual fashion, on a balk and throwing error respectively, to cap a 5-4 rally for the win.
Mary grabbed the lead early with a three run first inning. WSC scored single runs in the first and second to get within 3-2. Junior shortstop Jake Lorenzini led off the Wildcat first with a solo homer over the left field fence followed by a Rob Ramsey RBI single in the second to bring home Travis Miller (single).
The Marauders came up with another run in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
WSC began their comeback in the fifth with one run as Travis Miller drew a bases loaded walk to bring home Peyton Barnes (single) to trim the Marauder advantage to 4-3.
The Wildcats’ run in the sixth reached base when Andrew Hanson reached on a third strike wild pitch. Pinch runner Colin Chick later scored on a balk with two outs and two strikes to tie the score at 4-4.
In the seventh inning, Travis Miller reached on a fielding error by Mary. Later in the inning with two outs and runners on second and third, designated hitter Rob Ramsey hit a ground ball to shortstop, but the ball was under thrown to first allowing Miller to score with the game-winning run.
WSC had seven hits in the win by seven different players. Lorenzini homered for the lone extra base hit by WSC. Barnes, Simons, Miller, Bisenius, Ramsey and Jackson Petersen each singled.
Sophomore reliever Lawson Zenner (1-1) earned the win with one inning of relief, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Starter Charles Hasty worked 5 2/3 innings while reliever Adam Poldberg recorded one out facing three batters.
The second game saw WSC score five runs in the first inning as the Wildcats built an early 10-2 lead and cruised to a 12-5 victory to complete the sweep.
Garrett Graveline’s three-run double highlighted Wayne State’s five-run first to go with an RBI single from Bryce Bisenius.
Bisenius added a two-run single in the second, giving WSC a 7-1 lead. He added a bases loaded walk in the third inning to go with an RBI fielder’s choice by Barnes to highlight a three-run third that gave the ‘Cats a 10-2 lead.
WSC added another run in the fifth inning on a David Janes single for an 11-2 lead.
Mary stayed in the game with a three-run seventh to cut the WSC advantage to 11-5 and WSC closed the scoring in the eighth on Alex Logelin’s RBI single to shortstop for the 12-5 win.
Wayne State had 14 hits in the win, led by Lorenzini going 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Bisenius ended 2 for 3 with four RBI while Graveline finished 2 for 5 with three RBI. Barnes added two hits and scored three runs.
Starter Hunter Wienhoff (1-2) had a strong start to earn the win, recording 11 strikeouts in just six innings of work. He gave up two runs on eight hits without issuing a walk. Relievers Dalton Smith, Jordan Mehl and Spencer Johnson each worked one inning of relief to close the game.
Wayne State returns to action this weekend hosting Minnesota Duluth Saturday and Sunday in a four-game NSIC series with doubleheaders each day at 12 p.m. at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne.