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Wildcat Baseball Takes Twinbill Over Duluth

Posted: 15 April, 2013

OMAHA - The Wayne State College baseball team used a three-run seventh inning to rally for a 4-2 win in the opener and completed the sweep with a 4-3 victory in the second game of a Northern Sun Conference doubleheader against Minnesota Duluth played Sunday evening at Westside High School in Omaha. The games, originally scheduled for Duluth, were moved to Wayne and due to this week’s ice/snow storm were moved to Omaha.  WSC is now 20-8 overall and in second place in the NSIC standings with a 12-2 league mark while UMD is now 4-6 in the NSIC and 4-20 overall.
            The opener saw the Wildcats rally with three runs in the top of the seventh inning while keeping senior starter Tadd Johansen unbeaten as WSC scored a 4-2 win.
            Minnesota Duluth scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.  WSC got on the board in the fourth inning when Brett Keim doubled and scored on Michael Herman’s single through the left side trimming the Bulldog lead to 2-1.
            The score remained that way until the seventh inning when WSC had five hits to produce three runs in the last inning rally.  With one out, Tanner Lancaster singled to center to begin a streak of five straight hits for the Wildcats.  Curtis Bussard single through the right side followed by a Blake Brisson singled that scored Lancaster to even the score at 2-2.  Sophomore catcher Kevin Andersen then followed with a two-run single up the middle that scored Bussard and Brisson giving WSC a 4-2 lead.  CJ Nolen had the final hit of the inning to cap the rally.
            Johansen then retired UMD in order in the bottom of the seventh to record his third complete game of the season and improved to 7-0 with the win.  He allowed five hits and had four strikeouts without issuing a walk.
            WSC had 11 hits in the game to five by Minnesota Duluth.  CJ Nolen led the ‘Cats at the plate going 3 for 4 with three singles.  Brett Keim was 2 for 3 with a double while Blake Brisson was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. 
            The second game saw a balanced attack as four different players had two hits apiece while three Wildcat pitchers teamed up to complete the sweep with a 4-3 win.
            WSC opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning as Keim tripled and scored on Brandon Lalk’s RBI single with Lalk later scoring on Bussard’s single.  UMD scored single runs in the second and fifth innings to tie the score at 2-2. 
            The Wildcats regained the lead in the top of the sixth as Tanner Lancaster tripled down the right field line and scored on Bussard’s RBI single to give the ‘Cats a 3-2 lead.  WSC took a 4-2 lead in the seventh when CJ Nolen singled and scored on a Lalk single.  UMD pulled within 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
            Wildcat relievers Nick Ragan and Trevor Reeves worked the final three innings after taking over for starter Tom Doran and Reeves pitched the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
            Doran moved to 2-3 on the season with the win, working six innings.  He gave up seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts.  Ragan pitched two innings and was charged with one run on one hit while Reeves recorded the final three outs allowing one hit while recording one strikeout to end the game.
            WSC had 11 hits in the second game, two more than Minnesota Duluth.  Bussard was 2 for 3 with two RBI’s while Lancaster ended 2 for 3 with a triple and run scored.  Kevin Andersen went 2 for 4 while Brandon Lalk finished 2 for 5 with two RBI’s. 
            Wayne State will face Minnesota Duluth in another doubleheader on Monday starting at 12 p.m. at the Creighton Baseball Complex.

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