The Wayne State College baseball season ended Friday afternoon following a 10-2 loss to Winona State in an elimination game at the 2019 Northern Sun Conference Baseball Tournament in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Warriors improve to 25-22 on the year while Wayne State ends the season with a 32-18 record, an 11-game improvement from last season and the most wins for the Wildcat program since 2012 (32-18 under Brian Disch).
The game was scoreless until Winona State struck for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 2-0 lead followed by a three-run top of the fifth inning for the Warriors for a 5-0 advantage.
Wayne State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when junior second baseman Peyton Barnes blasted a two-out solo homer to make the score 5-1.
The ‘Cats got a leadoff solo blast from Jake Lorenzini in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Warrior lead to 5-2 and got two more runners on base, bringing the tying run to the plate, when the rally ended.
Winona State then added two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-2 lead and closed the scoring with three runs in the top of the ninth for the 10-2 win.
Barnes led Wayne State’s seven-hit attack at the plate going 2 for 3 with a homer. Lorenzini added a solo homer while Brendan Madsen and Travis Miller each doubled. Bryce Bisenius and Alex Logelin each singled to close out Wayne State’s hitting in the contest.
Freshman starter Ryan Obrecht (7-2) was tagged with the pitching loss, allowing five runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings of work with three strikeouts and two walks. Freshman lefthander Andrew Staebell pitched 2/3 of an inning with freshman righthander Cade Herrmann firing three innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three batters. Senior Charles Hasty worked the final inning and yielded three hits and three runs (one earned).