Jake Lemar’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a wild final two innings as the Wayne State College baseball team extended their win streak to seven straight games with a 5-2 and 7-6 sweep over the University of Mary Wednesday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference baseball played at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. WSC is now 16-7 and 7-3 in the NSIC with Mary falling to 8-14 and 4-6 in league play.
After a scoreless first inning, it was the Marauders who put together two hits and entered into the scorebook on an RBI double from Jaxon Kostka.
It took just four pitches into the bottom frame for the Wildcats to respond when Andrew Hanson blasted a solo shot (third on the season) over the left-center fence to even the score.
Mary almost retook their lead in the next half-inning, only to be stifled by a scoop and toss on the run from third baseman Kyle Thompson to gun down a third out and leave runners in scoring position.
The Omaha native joined Alex Logelin on base with back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third to bring up Bryce Bisenius with one out. The three would coast around the bases as the left handed first baseman cranked another deep shot over the right field fence for his sixth of the season.
Wayne State extended their lead an inning later with a Brendan Madsen sac fly to drive in Peyton Barnes (leadoff single). His 14th RBI of the season gave Obrecht more breathing room at 5-1.
The freshman pitcher finished out five innings strong, giving up two runs on four hits, including one run in the top of the fifth. Another freshman took the spot at the bump in form of Andrew Staebell. A quick one-two-three inning and two strikeouts to send the Wildcats into the seventh with a three run lead.
Forcing his way into a jam in the top of the seventh, Staebell had two outs and bases loaded before head coach Alex Koch made the decision to bring on Charles Hasty to finish the contest. The Plattsmouth native made quick work of the Marauder batter, striking him out and giving the Wildcats the win in the first of the twin bill against the University of Mary.
Peyton Barnes and Madsen led the Wildcats with two hits each, while Bisenius finished with his three RBI.
Kostka went 2-3 with an RBI for the Marauders, while Jonathan Draheim received the loss in a 3.2 inning outing, striking out two batters and giving up seven hits and five runs. Charles Bielejeski closed the game for Mary, striking out two and only giving up one hit in two and a third innings of work.
Cade Herrmann took over on the bump for the Wildcats in the second game of the afternoon, earning his second start of the season.
Like the first game, the Wildcats opened their account through a home run in the second inning. This time however, the bomb came off the bat of Travis Miller, his second of the year.
Herrmann threw a strong game through the opening three innings, recording three strikeouts on one hit.
Miller stepped up in the third inning and picked up where he left off in the second, this time blasting a two run shot to left field to extend the Wildcat lead to 3-0.
The Marauders answered in the top of the fourth with two runs of their own. A home run by Darius Barlas followed by two straight doubles to cut the Wildcat lead to one.
Mary levelled the score just an inning later off a blooper to right field to bring home a Marauder and even the score at 3-3.
Wildcats rallied in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own with Andrew Hanson jogging in from a Peyton Barnes double down the right field line. Their lead increased to 5-3 after Thompson recorded an RBI (sac fly) for the fifth straight game to bring Madsen home.
Madsen kept runners off the board in the top of the seventh with a sliding catch to left center. After Aaron Ras came in to replace Gullikson (1.0 IP, two flyouts and groundout), the lefty gave up a double before consecutive strikeouts and the great defensive effort from the center fielder.
The Marauders provided a twist to the game with a two run cannon (Barlas) that crashed into the Wildcat scoreboard, tying the game at 5-5.
Two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth put Alex Logelin up to the plate. The native of Cologne, Minnesota became the latest to go yard in the afternoon, his solo shot once again separating the sides.
As became the routine of the second of the doubleheader, Mary found a way back into the contest in the top of the ninth. After a Daulton Sauce double, the Wildcats behind the arm of Charles Hasty got the Marauders within one out of a win before William Kranz hit an RBI single from the nine-spot.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, Bisenius led the ‘Cats off after being hit by a pitch. Two wild pitches sent Colin Chick (pinch runner for Bisenius) to third. The Marauders were forced into two intentional walks to create a force at all bases. Grabbing the first out, the University of Mary couldn’t fight off a Jake Lemar shot into the gap that gave the Wildcats their second walk-off win in the last three games.
Hasty received credit for the win (1-1), going an inning with two strikeouts and one earned run. Cade Hermann worked five innings, striking out four and walking one Marauder. Ras recorded three strikeouts in two innings of work, giving up three hits and a two-run shot.
Travis Miller led the Wildcats with three hits, scoring twice and providing three RBI. Barnes, Lemar, Thompson and Logelin also grabbed an RBI each.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play a three-game NSIC road series at Northern State Saturday and Sunday with a location and times to be announced.