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Wayne State Baseball splits with Winona State

Wayne State Baseball splits with Winona State
Courtesy/Wayne State Sports Information

After dropping its fourth one-run game in their last five contests in the opener, Wayne State used a five-run 10th inning in the second game to post an 8-4 win over Winona State and salvage a split of a Northern Sun Conference baseball doubleheader played Thursday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. The games were moved from Winona, Minnesota to Wayne due to snow in southern Minnesota. WSC is now 9-15 and 7-7 in league play while Winona State is now 10-13 and 9-7 in the NSIC.

The opener saw Winona State rally from a 4-0 deficit as the Warriors handed WSC another one run loss, the fourth in the last five games for the Wildcats, with a 5-4 win.

Both starting pitchers recorded complete games, but two Wildcat errors led to four unearned runs for the Warriors in the contest.

WSC took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, highlighted by a Bryce Bisenius two-run homer over the right field wall. Andrew Hanson and Tanner Simons each added run-scoring singles in the inning.

Winona State started its comeback with three runs in the fourth (two unearned) and then added two more runs in the fifth with two more unearned runs giving the Warriors the 5-4 win.

Wayne State had eight hits in the game, led by Simons going 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Bisenius added a two-run homer while Hanson, Travis Miller, Peyton Barnes and Garrett Graveline each singled.

Aidan Breedlove (1-4) suffered the pitching loss despite firing a complete game. In six innings of work, he gave up eight hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts and two walks.

The second game saw WSC rally with two runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings, then win the contest with a five-run 10th inning allowing the Wildcats to split the twinbill with an 8-4 win.

Winona State scored one run in the first to take a 1-0 lead with WSC tying the score in the top of the third on a Tanner Simons single.

The Warriors produced single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth.

WSC scored two runs without a hit to tie the score at 3-3 on a two-out rally with no runners on base. David Janes, Andrew Hanson and Tanner Simons all walked to load the bases. Bryce Bisenius reached on a fielding error by the Winona State shortstop to score Janes making the score 3-2. Travis Miller then hit a grounder to third base and Simons beat the play to third allowing pinch runner Jackson Petersen to score tying the game at 3-3.

In the top of the 10th, erupted for five runs on five hits to take an 8-3 lead. Tanner Simons blasted a three-run homer to right field for the big hit of the inning. Alex Logelin and Colin Chick each had bunt singles while Miller and Bisenius each singled.

Winona State came up with one run in the bottom of the 10th to make the final score 8-4.

WSC had 12 hits in the win, led by Simons going 2 for 5 with four RBI. Peyton Barnes was 3 for 5 while Chick was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Bisenius also had two hits in the win.

Reliever Lawson Zenner (2-3) was the winning pitcher, working the final two innings giving up one run on four hits. Starter Aaron Ras worked a season-high 7 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and three runs (two earned) with two strikeouts and three walks. Reliever Isaac Rubendall worked 2/3 innings and walked one batter with one strikeout.

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