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Wildcat Baseball Swept By Minnesota Duluth

Posted: 16 April, 2013

WAYNE - After sweeping Minnesota Duluth in two games on Sunday, the Bulldogs got revenge on the Wildcats on Monday by sweeping the doubleheader with Wayne State by scores of 1-0 and 6-4.  WSC falls to 20-10 overall on the season and 12-4 in league play while UMD improves to 6-20 overall and 6-6 in the NSIC.

In game one, Minnesota Duluth scored the only run of the game on a passed ball with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the walk-off win.  The Bulldogs had four hits while the Wildcats were only able to notch two hits, both by Blake Brisson, and UMD left six runners stranded on base while WSC left five players on base.

Both starting pitchers went the distance as Adam Zwak picked up the complete game win and improved to 2-2 on the season while Eric Schwieger suffered the loss and falls to 1-2.  Schwieger did strikeout 10 opponents while Zwak retired eight batters via strikeout. Blake Brisson was the only Wildcat to notch a hit grabbing both hits for WSC while Jimmy Heck led the Bulldogs at the plate going 3-3.

Game two saw the Bulldogs get on the scoreboard first as they tacked on five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead on the Wildcats. Wayne State would cut into that deficit in the top of the fourth inning when Michael Herman hit a triple to right center and then Tanner Lancaster drove him in with a single. WSC would push across two more runs in the top of the sixth inning and pull within 5-3 when Curtis Bussard hit a single to center field to record two RBI’s as Michael Herman and Cris Ely both scored on the play. Duluth would add an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jimmy Heck singled down the right field line to score John Meyer and push the Bulldogs’ lead to 6-3.

Wayne State then scored one run in the top of the ninth when CJ Nolen tripled to left center and then Scott Doggett recorded an RBI by driving him in as he grounded out to third base and the ‘Cats cut the UMD lead to 6-4. The rally was cut short however when John Meyer got Luke Abkes to ground out to second base to end the game.
The Wildcats outhit the Bulldogs 11-9 in game two but left 11 runners on base as opposed to only six for UMD. Michael Herman had the hot bat for WSC as he went a perfect 4-4 at the plate while also scoring two runs. CJ Nolen and Tanner Lancaster each had two hits for Wayne State while Curtis Bussard, Tom Doran and Blake Brisson each had one hit. Bussard led the ‘Cats in RBI’s with two while Lancaster and Scott Doggett each drove in one run. Minnesota Duluth was led by Jimmy Heck who had two hits and two RBI’s and John Meyer had two hits while scoring two runs.

Eric Browning suffered the loss in the contest for Wayne State and is now 3-1 on the season after going 6.0 innings and striking out nine batters. Kyle Fritz grabbed his first win of the season for UMD and he is now 1-0 after pitching 5.1 innings.   

The next action for the Wildcats will be Wednesday when Wayne State hosts Winona State for a mid-week NSIC doubleheader at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex starting at 1:30 p.m.

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