Junior first baseman Bryce Bisenius went 3 for 5 with five RBI to power Wayne State College in a 12-2 win over Southwest Minnesota State to complete a three-game Northern Sun Conference baseball series sweep over the Mustangs Sunday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. WSC also completed a suspended game from Saturday due to lightning and needed just three pitches to finish a 10-2 win over SMSU. Wayne State is now 23-8 on the season and 14-4 in the NSIC while SMSU drops to 5-18 and 4-14 in league games.
In the completion of the suspended game from Saturday due to lightning, WSC had four players hit home runs as the Wildcats posted a 10-2 win over the Mustangs.
Junior starter Hunter Wienhoff had a shutout heading into the ninth inning, but two Wildcat errors and two walks allowed SMSU to avoid the shutout as Wienhoff notched his league-leading seventh win of the season. He pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed just seven hits and two runs (both unearned) with eight strikeouts. Reliever Charles Hasty needed just three pitches Sunday to record a strikeout for the final out of the game.
Jake Lorenzini finished 3 for 4 with a homer and three runs scored to pace WSC at the plate. Colin Chick went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI while Kyle Thompson and Alex Logelin also homered.
Sunday’s contest saw the Wildcats take a 9-0 lead through 2 ½ innings and Wayne State completed the sweep with a 12-2 win in seven innings.
Bisenius got WSC off to a quick start with a three-run homer in the first inning for a 3-0 lead. He added an RBI single in the second that scored Brendan Madsen (walk) for a 4-0 ‘Cat advantage.
A five-run third inning for the Wildcats made the score 9-0 as Kyle Thompson had a two-run double along with an RBI triple from Colin Chick and a run-scoring double by Madsen.
After SMSU scored two runs in the bottom of the third to make the score 9-2, WSC scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to account for the 12-2 final.
Peyton Barnes tripled and scored on a Jake Lemar sacrifice fly in the fourth. Alex Logelin singled in the fifth and scored on a Bisenius sacrifice fly and in the seventh Andrew Hanson had an RBI single that scored Thompson (single).
Bisenius and Barnes led Wayne State’s 15-hit attack as Bisenius was 3 for 4 with five RBI while Barnes ended 3 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored. Madsen, Thompson and Chick each added two hits in the win.
Freshman Cade Herrmann (2-0) worked five strong innings to earn the win, allowing four hits and two runs. Ryan Petersen and Josh Renken each pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play a mid-week doubleheader at Minot State Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m.