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WSC Baseball Drops Two To Minot State

Posted: 24 February, 2014

PITTSBURG, KS - After posting two wins to open the season Saturday over Minot State, the Beavers evened the season-opening series Sunday with 3-0 and 7-4 wins over Wayne State at Jaycee Ball Diamond in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Both teams are now 2-2 on the season.
In the opener, Minot State starting pitcher Austin Bertson fired a six hit shutout with eight strikeouts to blank the Wildcats 3-0.  The Beavers scored two runs in the third and one more in the fourth off Wildcat starter Dylan McGill.
Wayne State outhit Minot State 6-4.  Jake Perez doubled for Wayne State’s lone extra base hit.  Curtis Bussard, Zak Leighton, Brandon Lalk, Nick McIntee and Mike Servais each added singles for the Wildcats.
McGill was tagged with the pitching loss, working four innings.  He was charged with three runs on four hits with four strikeouts.  Matt Schulz pitched two innings of hitless relief, striking out four and walking two.
The second game saw Minot State score four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 7-4 win over the Wildcats.
WSC scored single runs in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings while Minot State plated two runs in the bottom of the first, one in the fifth and four in the seventh for the win.  Minot State scored their four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on just one hit along with one Wildcat error, two walks and a passed ball.  A.J. Begay’s three run homer with two outs snapped the 4-4 tie to give the Beavers the win.
Minot State had one more hit than Wayne State, 7-6.  Michael Herman was 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and run scored.  Brandon Lalk hit a solo homer while Zak Leighton tripled and scored one run.  Alex Schleppenbach and Curtis Bussard also had hits for WSC.
Bussard suffered the pitching loss for Wayne State in relief of starter Nick Ragan.  Ragan worked five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  Matt Russell pitched the sixth inning for WSC and allowed one hit.  Bussard worked 2/3 of an inning and was charged with four runs (three earned) on just one hit with two walks and one strikeout.
Wayne State, 2-2 on the season, resumes play on Friday, March 7th when the Wildcats travel to Evansville, Indiana to take on Southern Indiana at the Dunn Hospitality Classic.

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