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WSC Baseball Sweeps Bemidji At Metrodome

Posted: 22 February, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne State College baseball team posted a pair of 3-2 wins late Thursday night/early Friday morning over Bemidji State in non-conference games played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The final game, which went nine innings, got over at 1:30 a.m.  WSC is now 3-3 with the wins while Bemidji State drops to 1-5.
The first game saw senior lefthander Tadd Johansen fire a complete game four-hitter as Wayne State edged the Beavers 3-2.  WSC opened the scoring in the second inning as CJ Nolen doubled to right field, stole third base and scored on Michael Herman’s ground out to shortstop giving the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. 

Bemidji State took a 2-1 lead in the third scoring twice, but WSC tied the score in the bottom of the fourth as Justin Beranek was hit by the pitch, advanced to third on Nolen’s single to right field and scored on another Herman ground out to third base to even the score at 2-2.  WSC scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth when pinch-hitter Tanner Lancaster walked and later scored on Tom Doran’s single to left field giving the ‘Cats the 3-2 win.

Both teams had four hits in the game while Bemidji State had three errors.  Nolen led WSC at the plate going 2 for 3 with a run scored.  Doran and Brett Keim also singled for the Wildcats while Herman was credited with two RBI’s.
Johansen improved to 2-0 on the season with the complete game win.  He allowed just four hits and two runs, both earned, while recording six strikeouts with one walk. 

The second game saw WSC outlast Bemidji State 3-2 in nine innings as reliever Trevor Reeves got out of two jams with double plays as the Wildcats completed the sweep.

WSC scored single runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead.  In the second, Nolen tripled to left center field to start the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Frericks.  In the third, Brett Keim walked to open the inning and later scored on Justin Beranek’s sacrifice fly. 

Bemidji State countered with runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at 2-2 and send the game into extra innings.  The ‘Cats had a scoring opportunity in the eighth inning as Nolen and Frericks each singled with Nolen advancing to third with just one out.  But Bemidji State got Michael Herman to hit into a double play to get out of the inning. 

In the top of the ninth inning, WSC scored the go-ahead run with two outs and no runners on base.  Blake Brisson singled and advanced to third on a BSU throwing error.  Brett Keim struck out, but reached first base on a third strike, wild pitch allowing Brisson to score the go-ahead run.

Bemidji State made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth as Matt Ellinghuysen and Lewis Baumann each singled and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Riley Hirsch.  Joey Hanowski was then intentionally walked to load the bases and WSC reliever Trevor Reeves then got Bemidji’s Zach Braun to hit into a double play to shortstop to end the game as the Wildcats hung on for the 3-2 win in nine innings.

WSC had 10 hits in the game to nine for the Beavers.  Nolen was 3 for 4 with a triple to lead WSC at the plate.  Luke Abkes went 2 for 3 while Brett Keim and Tanner Lancaster each doubled. 

Senior left hander Eric Schwieger started the game on the hill for the Wildcats, going the first 5 1/3 innings.  He was charged with two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  Reeves earned the win in relief working the final 3 2/3 innings.  He allowed three hits while walking two and striking out one.

Wayne State resumes play on March 3rd when the Wildcats travel to Davenport, Florida for their spring break trip.  The Wildcats play Ohio Dominican in the opener of the six-game trip on Sunday, March 3rd at 2 p.m.

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