After trailing 6-0 after three innings, Wayne State rallied to tie the score at 6-6 only to fall in extra innings at Regis University 7-6 in nine innings Friday afternoon in a non-conference baseball game played in Denver, Colorado. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to time restrictions with the first game going extra innings. WSC is now 6-3 on the year while Regis is 5-8.
The host Rangers jumped early on the Wildcats, scoring two runs in the first, three in the second and one more in the third inning for an early 6-0 lead.
WSC then mounted a comeback, thanks to six combined innings of standout relief from freshmen Cade Hermann and Andrew Staebell, who allowed just an unearned run as the Wildcats rallied to tie the score at 6-6.
The ‘Cats started the rally with three runs in the fourth. Senior third baseman Kyle Thompson had a two-run single that brought home Bryce Bisenius (single) and Travis Miller (single) with Thompson later scoring on a wild pitch.
WSC added two more runs in the fifth to cut the Ranger lead to 6-5. Jake Lemar reached on a Ranger fielding error and scored when Alex Logelin was safe on a Regis throwing error. Logelin scored on a Bisenius RBI single.
In the sixth, WSC tied the contest at 6-6 when CJ Neumann singled to center field bringing home Andrew Hanson, who doubled.
Regis appeared to have a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but freshman reliever Andrew Staebell got out of a bases loaded jam with no outs (walk, bunt single and throwing error) by getting the Rangers to strike out, hit into a fielder’s choice and a ground out to escape without a run scoring.
The Rangers loaded the bases again on Staebell in the eighth with two outs, but again the freshman got out of the jam recording a fly out to end the inning.
But the Rangers finally broke through in the ninth inning, recording three hits and scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the Wildcats a 7-6 loss.
Both teams had 11 hits in the contest while WSC had five errors, one more than the host Rangers.
Sophomore right fielder Alex Logelin led Wayne State at the plate going 3 for 5 with a double and run scored. Bryce Bisenius and Travis Miller each went 2 for 5 while Andrew Hanson doubled.
Senior reliever Charles Hasty (0-1) was one of five Wildcat pitchers used in the contest and suffered the loss working the ninth inning, charged with three hits and one run. Starter Aaron Ras worked 1 2/3 innings with reliever Ryan Peterson recording one out in the second inning.
Cade Hermann then worked three innings of relief, giving up one unearned run on three hits while Staebell fired three scoreless innings of relief allowing just two hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Wayne State will be on their spring break trip next week and play four games in Tucson, Arizona with the first game coming on Tuesday at 4 p.m. vs. Concordia-St. Paul.