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Wayne State baseball swept by Augustana; Softball eliminated at NSIC Tourney

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Wayne State ends the season on a four game losing streak. Wayne State ends the season on a four game losing streak.
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KTIV) -

The Wayne State College baseball team was limited to four hits in two games as Augustana posted a 2-1 and 10-0 NSIC baseball sweep over the Wildcats played at Karras Park in Sioux Falls on a chilly Saturday afternoon with frequent light rain.  The Wildcats drop to 26-18 on the season and 18-12 in the NSIC with the losses. 

The first game was a pitching battle between Wayne State's Mike Frericks and Augustana's Grant Larson.  Both pitchers struck out 10 batters and allowed just two hits while throwing complete games.  Frericks took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but Augustana made the most of their two hits along with one walk in the fifth and scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead. 

Wayne State's only hit through the first six innings was a third inning single by Michael Herman.  The ‘Cats got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh thanks to a Kevin Andersen solo homer down the left field line, but WSC could not muster another hit as the Vikings prevailed 2-1.
 
Frericks dropped to 5-2 on the season despite a stellar pitching performance, striking out 10 and walking two in six innings of work allowing just the two runs on two hits.
 
The second game saw Augustana strike for five runs in the first inning and another five runs in the eighth as the Vikings took the Wildcats out of the game early and went on to complete the four-game sweep with a 10-0 win over Wayne State.

WSC was limited to just two hits in the contest as Curtis Bussard had a single to lead off the game while Brett Keim doubled in the fifth inning.
 
Curtis Bussard (2-2) suffered the pitching loss for the Wildcats, giving up five runs on five hits in one inning of work with three strikeouts and one walk.  Taylor MacDonell worked four shutout innings of relief, allowing just two hits and one walk.  Trevor Reeves pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief and gave up just one hit, but was charged with three runs walking two and striking out five batters.  Freshman Spencer Morris worked the final 1/3 inning and gave up two runs on three hits with one strikeout.
 
Wayne State will play in the 2013 NSIC Baseball Tournament starting Wednesday in St. Cloud, Minnesota with official pairings to be announced Sunday by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota.

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Rochester, Minn. - Theresa McMahon's solo homer to lead off the third inning was the lone run of the game as Augustana College eliminated Wayne State 1-0 from the NSIC Softball Tournament Saturday evening at the Rochester Community and Technical College Dome in Rochester, Minnesota.  The Wildcats finish the season with a 28-16 record.

Wayne State's best scoring opportunity came in the second inning when the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out as Kylee Simpson and Megan Hagemann singled while Sam O'Brien reached on a fielder's choice.  But Michelle Thille hit into a fielder's choice with Simpson thrown out at home followed by a strikeout by Lexie Loos to end the scoring threat.

Augustana's Theresa McMahon then belted a lead-off home run to start the third inning off Wildcat starter Kelcie Bormann for what turned out to be the lone run of the ball game as the Vikings eliminated the Wildcats.

The Vikings had six hits in the game to five by Wayne State.  Jordan King, Simpson, Hagemann, Kaiti Williams and Loos each singled for WSC in the game.

Bormann (6-6) suffered the pitching loss, giving up five hits and one run over four innings of work with two walks and no strikeouts.  Freshman reliever Cassy Miller worked the final two innings and allowed just one hit with one walk and one strikeout. 

Wayne State has just one senior on this year's roster, Kallee Pfieffer, and ties a school record with a seventh consecutive winning season. 

Courtesy: Wayne State Media Relations

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