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Wayne State earns split with Sioux Falls

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Wayne State is now 16-8 on the season after splitting with USF. Wayne State is now 16-8 on the season after splitting with USF.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KTIV) -

After getting just one hit in the first game, WSC came back with 13 hits in the second game to salvage a split at the University of Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference baseball played at Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls. 

The host Cougars won the opener 2-1 with WSC taking the nightcap 10-4.  WSC is now 16-8 on the season and 8-2 in league play while USF is 10-18 and 5-9 in the NSIC.

Sioux Falls pitchers Steve Schroer and Derek Fischer limited the Wildcats to just one hit in the opener as the Cougars nipped the Wildcats 2-1.  USF scored single runs in the first and second innings to grab a 2-0 lead. 

WSC scored an unearned run in the fifth without a hit as Brandon Lalk was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a throwing error by USF pitcher Steve Schroer and scored on a wild pitch.

The lone hit of the game was in the top of the seventh inning, a leadoff single by Lalk.
WSC lost the opener despite a superb effort on the mound by 6-8 senior lefthander Eric Schwieger, who struck out 10 batters and allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings of work and was tagged with the loss.
           
The second game saw the WSC bats come to life as senior shortstop Brett Keim went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI's to lead a 13-hit attack as the Wildcats salvaged a split with a 10-4 win.

Keim belted a two-run homer in the second to give WSC a 2-0 lead.  The ‘Cats took a 4-0 lead in the third on RBI singles by CJ Nolen and Brandon Lalk.  WSC scored again in the top of the fourth for a 5-0 lead on an RBI groundout from Curtis Bussard. 

After USF scored in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 5-1, the ‘Cats scored two runs in the sixth for a 7-1 lead.  The Cougars trimmed the lead to 7-4 with one run in the sixth and two in the seventh, but WSC rebounded with a two runs in the eighth for a 9-4 lead thanks to run-scoring singles by Michael Herman and Bussard and WSC closed the scoring with one run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Keim giving WSC the 10-4 win.

Keim led Wayne State's 13-hit attack with his 3 for 4 day.  Nolen was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored while Kevin Andersen and Herman added two singles each.

Freshman Eric Browning (3-0) earned the pitching win for the Wildcats, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.  Taylor MacDonell worked 1 2/3 innings of relief, giving up just one hit with one strikeout while Trevor Reeves worked the ninth inning and had one strikeout while retiring all three batters.

The next action for the Wildcats will be Wednesday when Wayne State visits Bismarck, North Dakota for a mid-week NSIC doubleheader at the University of Mary starting at 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy: Wayne State Media Relations
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