Northeastern State scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the second game to rally for a 10-9 win over Wayne State College to salvage a split with the Wildcats in a non-conference college baseball twinbill played Saturday afternoon in Tahlequah, Oklahoma after WSC won the opener 7-3. Wayne State is now 2-1 on the season while Northeastern State has a 1-5 record.
In the opener, junior starter Hunter Wienhoff fired a complete-game four-hitter while sophomore Alex Logelin went 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBI to lead the Wildcats in a 7-3 win.
WSC scored six runs in the first three innings to set the tone, starting with a single run in the first when Brendan Madsen reached on an error and scored on a groundout by Bryce Bisenius.
The ‘Cats scored four runs in the second on three hits and two Northeastern State errors. Key hits in the inning were an RBI double from Madsen and an RBI single by Logelin.
WSC took a 6-1 lead in the third on a Peyton Barnes RBI double. Both teams scored in the sixth with Wayne State’s run coming on a RBI single from Logelin and the Riverhawks scored the final run in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 7-3.
WSC outhit Northeastern State in the opener 9-4. Logelin was 3 for 4 with three singles and two RBI. Kyle Thompson went 2 for 3 with a double while Madsen, Barnes and Jake Lorenzini each doubled.
Wienhoff fired a complete game on the mound to earn the win, yielding just four hits and three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts and one walk.
The second game saw Wayne State hit four home runs, but the host Riverhawks rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning with five runs to escape with a 10-9 win over the Wildcats to salvage a split of the doubleheader.
WSC produced five runs in the first inning, thanks to an RBI single from Andrew Hanson and a grand slam home run by senior third baseman Kyle Thompson.
The ‘Cats took a 6-0 lead in the second on a Bryce Bisenius single.
Northeastern State rallied with one in the second and three runs in the fourth inning to cut the WSC lead to 6-4.
WSC scored solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings for a 8-4 advantage. Bisenius hit a solo homer in the fifth (left field) and again in the seventh (right center field) for the Wildcats.
The host Riverhawks scored in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 8-5.
WSC added a final run in the ninth inning on a Colin Chick homer to take a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
But Northeastern State stormed back in the bottom of the ninth and shocked the Wildcats with five runs in the bottom of the ninth on five hits off Wildcat closer Lawson Zenner for the 10-9 come-from-behind win.
Both teams had 11 hits in the contest. Bisenius ended 4 for 5 with two homers, three RBI and three runs scored. Alex Logelin was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Jake Lemar was 2 for 3 while Kyle Thompson belted a grand slam and Colin Chick added a solo homer for the Wildcats at the plate.
Starting pitcher Aaron Ras worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and three runs on five strikeouts and four walks. Six relievers also saw action for WSC with junior Lawson Zenner tagged with the loss in the ninth, allowing five hits and five runs in 2/3 innings work.
The Wildcats resume play Wednesday facing Fort Hays State on the road in a nine-inning game starting at 3 p.m.