Wildcat Baseball Splits With Morningside
Posted: 19 March, 2013
OMAHA - The Wayne State College baseball team finished non-conference play Sunday afternoon splitting a doubleheader against Morningside College at Omaha Westside High School as the Wildcats won the opener 8-2 before falling in the second game 5-4. WSC is now 8-6 on the season while Morningside sports an 8-12 record.
Morningside got on the scoreboard first in game one taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning Cole Halgerson hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Jordan Mouw. Wayne State would explode for seven runs combined between innings three and four and the 'Cats scored two runs in the third inning and five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Beranek got WSC on the scoreboard when he singled to right field to bring home Blake Brisson and CJ Nolen would late drive in Brett Keim to give Wayne State the 2-1 lead after three innings. Nolen would have the big fourth inning when he doubled with the bases loaded to rake in three RBI while Keim and Beranek also each had an RBI in the fourth inning to give Wayne State a 7-1 advantage. Both teams would score one run in the sixth inning to as Travis Hanson scored on a throwing error for Wayne State and Blake Brisson scored off a sacrifice fly by Beranek to give Wayne State the 8-2 victory after the Mustangs failed to score in the top of the seventh.
Wayne State was led by a strong pitching performance by Tadd Johansen who improved to 4-0 on the season as he threw 5.0 innings and allowed two hits, one run (unearned) and walked one batter while striking out six batters he faced. CJ Nolen and Justin Beranek combined for seven of Wayne State's eight RBIs as Nolen had four RBIs off of one hit and a fielder's choice while Beranek accounted for three RBIs on 2-3 hitting while also scoring one run. Blake Brisson also had two hits while scoring a team high three runs.
Game two saw Morningside rally from a 3-0 deficit to defeat WSC 5-4. The two teams played two scoreless innings to begin the game before the 'Cats poured on three runs in the top of third. Justin Beranek was the second batter of the inning and tripled before Brandon Lalk drove him in with a double. With runners at second and third, Michael Herman stepped to the dish and belted a single to left center that allowed both Lalk and Nolen to score while Wayne State took the 3-0 lead. Morningside would tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when they pushed across three runs before taking the lead in the bottom of the fifth when they scored one run to go up 4-3. Wayne State would even the score at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning Lalk hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Brett Keim to score. The Mustangs would score one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the 5-4 advantage and Wayne State was able to score any runs in the top of the seventh and suffered the 5-4 defeat.
ustin Beranekled Wayne State in hits with two while CJ Nolen, Brandon Lalk, Michael Herman, Mike Servais and Blake Brisson each had one hit. Laklk and Herman shared the team lead with two RBI while four different runners scored one run. The Wildcats left 11 runners stranded in the contest compared to only five for the Mustangs. Nick Ragan suffered the loss for Wayne State on the mound while Derek Frahm picked up the win for Morningside.
Wayne State is scheduled to open Northern Sun Conference play next weekend hosting Southwest Minnesota State in doubleheaders set for Saturday and Sunday at noon each day at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.