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Minnesota State Sweeps WSC Baseball

Posted: 27 April, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne State baseball team was swept in a Saturday doubleheader against #11 Minnesota State falling by scores of 15-4 and 6-0 at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne. The Wildcats fall to 24-12 overall and 16-6 in the NSIC while the Mavericks improve to 28-7 overall and 17-3 in league play this season.
            Minnesota State was able to take game one from Wayne State 15-4 as the Mavericks got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning with three runs to take an early 3-0 lead. MSU would add two more runs in the top of the third inning to increase their lead to 5-0.
The ‘Cats cut into that deficit in the bottom of the third inning when Kevin Andersen got the scoring going with an RBI after singling to center field and then CJ Nolen singled to left field to score two more runs and put the score at 5-3.
 Minnesota State tagged on four more runs in the top of the fourth inning to bolster their advantage to 9-3 and then scored two more runs in the top of the fifth to take an 11-3 lead. CJ Nolen again posted a big hit for Wayne State in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer to right field to make the score 11-4 in favor of Minnesota State. The Mavericks then notched one run in the top of the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to take a 15-4 victory over WSC.
            Minnesota State held a 17-8 advantage in hits in the contest while leaving 10 runners on base to four for Wayne State. CJ Nolen led the Wildcats at the plate going 2-3 with three RBI’s and one run scored. Kevin Andersen also had two hits in the game with one RBI and one run scored. Blake Brisson, Justin Beranek, Tanner Lancaster and Curtis Bussard recorded one hit each.
            Harvey Martin was credited with the win on the mound for the Mavericks and is now 6-0 on the year going six innings while striking out four batters. Tadd Johansen suffered his first loss of the season and is now 8-1 on the season as he went three innings and struck out four batters.
            Minnesota State was able to shutout Wayne State in game two thanks to Jason Hoppe striking out 14 batters in the 6-0 victory. The Mavericks scored their first run in the top of the third inning before posting two runs in the sixth, two runs in the seventh and one run in the eight on their way to the 6-0 win. WSC was outhit in the game 12-4 by MSU.
            Four Wildcats had hits in the game as Blake Brisson, Justin Beranek, Curtis Bussard and Tanner Lancaster each singled. Tom Doran was tagged with the loss for Wayne State and is now 3-4 on the year after going seven innings with three strikeouts. Jason Hoppe picked up the win for Minnesota State and is now 6-1 on the year after he struck out 14 Wildcats in the contest.
Wayne State will be at home again tomorrow hosting #11 Minnesota State to complete the four game series with game one of the doubleheader beginning at noon.

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