Wayne State College used a balanced offensive attack with seven starters recording at least one hit as the Wildcats held off Fort Hays State 5-4 Wednesday afternoon to win the opening game of a three game, non-conference college baseball series played in Hays, Kansas. The Wildcats improve to 3-1 on the year while the host Tigers drop to 0-6.
WSC trailed 1-0 after two innings, but the ‘Cats evened the score at 1-1 with a run in the third inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from Alex Logelin that scored Jake Lemar (single).
Trailing 2-1 entering the fourth, WSC came back again with a single run on another sacrifice fly as Travis Miller (walk) scored on Lemar’s sacrifice fly to left field for a 2-2 tie
WSC took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth as Andrew Hanson doubled and crossed home plate on a ground out from Miller.
After Fort Hays State tied the score at 3-3, WSC produced single runs in the seventh and eighth innings for a 5-3 cushion. Jake Lorenzini belted a solo homer in the seventh while Kyle Thompson delivered another sacrifice fly that scored Bryce Bisenius (walk) for a two-run lead.
Fort Hays State closed the scoring with one run on two hits in the bottom of the ninth to make the final 5-4.
WSC had 11 hits in the contest, led by Brendan Madsen going 3 for 5. Jake Lemar was 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Lorenzini hit a solo homer while Logelin, Hanson and Peyton Barnes each doubled for the ‘Cats.
Four pitchers worked the contest for WSC. Starter Aidan Breedlove pitched six solid innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts. Reliever Mitch Gullikson worked the seventh inning and was credited with the win, fanning one batter while allowing one hit. Senior Charles Hasty retired all three batters with two strikeouts in the eighth while junior Lawson Zenner earned the save in the ninth, charged with one run on two hits while striking out three batters.
Wayne State and Fort Hays State will conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. in Hays, Kansas.