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WSC Baseball Sweeps Crookston

Posted: 30 March, 2013

WAYNE - Wayne State baseball opened Northern Sun Conference play Friday afternoon with a 9-0 and 3-1 sweep over Minnesota Crookston at Overin Field in Wayne.   The games were moved from the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex to the city field in Wayne, marking the first time since the late 1990’s that the Wildcats played a home game at Overin Field.  WSC is now 10-6 and 2-0 in the NSIC while UMC is 0-19 and 0-2 in league play.
            The story of the opener was the pitching of senior lefthander Tadd Johansen, who fired a complete game three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts to improve his season record to 5-0. 
            Offensively, WSC used a six-run fifth inning to break open a 3-0 contest.  The big hit of the inning was a two-run double from Tanner Lancaster while Blake Brisson contributed an RBI double in the inning.
            WSC had 11 hits in the game to three by UMC.  Brandon Lalk was 2 for 2 while Brisson finished 2 for 3 with a double.  Lancaster and Brett Keim each doubled while Justin Beranek, CJ Nolen, Michael Herman, Curtis Bussard and Kevin Andersen each had singles.
            The second game saw WSC take an early 3-0 lead after three innings with Tom Doran and Trevor Reeves holding the Golden Eagles to five hits to complete the sweep with a 3-1 win.
            WSC scored two runs in the first and one in the third while UMC scored in the seventh.  Bussard had a two-run double in the first inning that scored Lalk and Nolen while Bussard had an RBI fielder’s choice that scored Nolen in the third.
            Both teams had five hits in the game.  Bussard had the lone extra base hit for WSC with Nolen, Herman, Luke Abkes and Brisson each recording singles.
            Senior right hander Tom Doran picked up the pitching win, working eight innings and allowing five hits and one run with three strikeouts.  Senior left hander Trevor Reeves earned the save in the ninth striking out one batter.
            Wayne State and Minnesota Crookston will conclude the four-game NSIC series with another doubleheader Saturday at Overin Field in Wayne starting at 12 p.m.

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