Wildcat Baseball Beats Augie In NSIC First Round
Posted: 10 May, 2013
ST. CLOUD, MN. - Wayne State defeated Augustana6-4 Thursday afternoon in the completion of their first round rain-suspended gamein the NSIC/US Bank Baseball Tournament at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
The game originally began on Wednesday afternoon and was suspended in the top of the eighth inning due to rain with the Wildcats holding a 4-3 lead when the game resumed Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. WSC is now 27-18 on the season with the win while the third-seeded Vikings fall into the loser’s bracket with a 36-17 mark.
After Augustana scored in the bottom of the second inning to grab a 1-0 advantage, WSC responded with a three-run third inning to take a 3-1 lead over the Vikings. Michael Herman led off with a single and scored on Curtis Bussard’s double to left center. Bussard then scored on a Blake Brisson double to right center for a 2-1 Wildcat lead while Brisson scored the third run of the inning on a double steal when CJ Nolen swiped second base with Brisson then scoring at home.
WSC added another run in the fourth inning when Brett Keim led off the inning with a double to left field and scored when Tanner Lancaster reached on an Augustana error giving the ‘Cats a 4-1 lead. Augustana would cut into that deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two runs to make the score 4-3.
The Wildcats scored twice in the top of the eighth Thursday afternoon when the game resumed. Brett Keim and Justin Beranek each walked with Keim scoring on a fielder’s choice by Michael Herman while Beranek crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Tanner Lancaster. Augustana scored one run in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring as Wayne State posted the 6-4 win.
Wayne State had nine hits in the game compared to seven by Augustana. Blake Brisson was 3 for 4 with a double while Curtis Bussard was 3 for 5 with a double. Each player had an RBI and run scored as well. Keim doubled and scored twice while Herman and Beranek each singled to round out Wayne State’s nine hits.
Senior starter Tadd Johansen picked up the pitching win, improving to 9-2 on the season. The Elkhorn graduate went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs on five hits while striking out seven batters without issuing a walk. Eric Schwieger worked the next 1 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts. Trevor Reeves pitched the final two innings and gave up one run on one hit with one strikeout and two walks.
Wayne State now advances to the NSIC/US Bank Baseball Tournament winner’s bracket semi-finals and faces Minnesota State Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud, Minnesota.