WSC Baseball Starts Season With Split Against Minot State
Posted: 16 February, 2013
WAYNE - The Wayne State College baseball team opened the 2013 season Friday afternoon with a split against Minot State of North Dakota at the NSIC Metrodome Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Wildcats won the opener 2-0 while the Beavers posted a 2-1 win over WSC in the second game.
The first game saw senior lefthander Tadd Johansen toss six scoreless innings while senior outfielder Justin Beranek produced a two-run triple for the game’s only runs giving Wayne State a 2-0 win in the opener. The Wildcats scored both runs in the third inning as sophomore catcher Kevin Andersen opened the inning with an infield single and advanced to third on Brett Keim’s infield single. Both players scored with two outs when Beranek tripled to right field giving WSC the 2-0 lead.
That’s all the support Johansen would need as he pitched six strong innings while receiving seventh inning help from Taylor MacDonell who recorded the save to preserve the 2-0 win. Johansen allowed six hits over six innings and struck out five without a walk while MacDonell gave up one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.
Both teams had seven hits in the game. Andersen finished 2 for 2 with a run scored while Keim was 2 for 3 with a double while Beranek had two RBI’s with his triple.
The second game saw Minot State’s Austin Zorn fire a complete game four-hitter as the Beavers salvaged a split with a 2-1 win over the Wildcats.
The Beavers scored single runs in the first and fifth innings for a 2-0 lead. WSC scored their only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning when CJ Nolen doubled to right field and later scored on a ground out by Michael Herman.
Wayne State had just four hits in the game with Nolen’s double the only extra base hit for the ‘Cats. Designated hitter Michael Frericks was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles while Brett Keim also singled.
Freshman lefthander Curtis Bussard was tagged with the pitching loss, charged with two runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out three and walked three batters in his collegiate debut. Reliever Nick Ragan pitched the final 1 1/3 innings without allowing a hit.
Wayne State will be in action again Saturday night at the NSIC Metrodome Classic facing St. Cloud State, ranked 18th in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Top 30 Coaches Poll, in a doubleheader starting at 8:15 p.m.