Concordia-St. Paul used strong pitching, recording 24 strikeouts in two games, as the Golden Bears registered a 5-3 and 8-3 Northern Sun Conference baseball sweep Wednesday afternoon over the Wayne State Wildcats at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. WSC drops to 15-21 and 13-13 in league play while CSP improves to 17-11 and 10-8 in NSIC games.
The opener saw Concordia-St. Paul starter Gus Varland fan 10 Wildcats over six innings as the Golden Bears captured a 5-3 win.
The Golden Bears scored two runs in the second and two more in the top of the fifth to grab a 4-0 lead.
WSC answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth as Jake Lorenzini tripled to right center field and scored on a Jackson Petersen single to right field for the first run. Petersen later scored on a Tanner Simons RBI single.
CSP put together three hits in the top of the sixth to score again, taking a 5-2 lead.
WSC responded with a run in the bottom of the frame as Travis Miller singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Lorenzini to trim the Golden Bear lead to 5-3.
The ‘Cats got the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Riley Sweeney got out of the jam on a pop up to end the game as Concordia-St. Paul finished with the 5-3 win.
WSC had seven hits in the game, led by Miller going 2 for 4 with one run scored. Lorenzini tripled while Simons, Alex Logelin, Lorenzine, Garrett Gravline and Petersen each singled.
Starter Isaac Rubendall (2-2) suffered the pitching loss, allowing five runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Brady Johnson worked 2/3 of an inning in relief while Dalton Smith retired all three batters in the seventh inning during his one inning of work.
The second game witnessed more strong pitching from the Golden Bears as Concordia-St. Paul posted 13 strikeouts from three different pitchers to stop the Wildcats 8-3.
Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, WSC recorded two runs to even the score at 2-2. Andrew Hanson’s RBI single through the right side scored Tanner Simons (hit by pitch) with Bryce Bisenius later scoring on a wild pitch.
CSP then took the lead for good with one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh for a 6-2 advantage.
WSC scored its final run in the seventh on a Travis Miller RBI double to the gap in the left center bringing home Bisenius (single).
The Golden Bears added two runs in the eighth to make the final 8-3.
Bisenius led Wayne State’s seven-hit attack going 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Miller had an RBI double while Hanson contributed an RBI single in the contest.
Reliever Adam Poldberg (0-1) was one of six Wildcat pitchers in the contest and suffered the loss. Starter Spencer Johnson worked four innings and gave up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks.
The Wildcats will be home again this weekend hosting Sioux Falls in NSIC doubleheaders Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.