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Wayne State baseball drops two; softball sweeps

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WAYNE, NE (KTIV) - Northern State scored key runs late in both games to sweep Wayne State 6-3 and 6-4 Sunday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference baseball played at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne.  The two teams split the four-game NSIC series, giving Wayne State records of 11-9 overall and 4-2 in the NSIC while Northern State is now 9-9 and 3-5 in the league.

The first game saw WSC take an early 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one more in the second.  Aaron Molinaro had a two-run single in the first to score Zak Leighton and Alex Schleppenbach and in the second CJ Nolen delivered an RBI single to score Alex Kreft for a 3-0 WSC advantage.

But Northern State plated four runs on five hits in the third to take a 4-3 lead and added two more runs in the seventh for insurance as Wolves starter Colton Boucher held WSC to just three hits over the final five innings as Northern State captured the opener 6-3.

WSC had just six hits in the game, all singles by six different players.  Junior Dylan McGill (2-2) was tagged with the loss, tagged for eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.  Chad Kim worked the final 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks.

The second game saw WSC leave 13 runners on base, including the bases loaded in a ninth inning rally, as Northern State completed the sweep with a 6-4 win.

Northern State opened the score with one run in the first, but WSC tied the score in the second when Nick McIntee drove home Michael Herman with a single.  Both teams scored in the fifth to make it a 2-2 game as Zak Leighton walked and scored on a Jake Perez single.

The Wolves then scored a run in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth for a 6-2 lead.  WSC mounted a rally in the ninth, loading the bases and scoring two runs before the threat fell short.  Leighton was hit by a pitch and crossed the plate on a double by Perez for the first run.  CJ Nolen singled and scored on a groundout to shortstop by Herman to make it 6-4.  WSC loaded the bases when McIntee was hit by a pitch, but Skye O'Neil grounded out to the pitcher to end the game giving the Wolves a 6-4 win.

WSC had 13 hits in the second game but scored just four runs.  Leighton was 3 for 3 with two runs scored while O'Neil was 3 for 5 with a double.  Perez finished 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI's while Aaron Molinaro and McIntee each finished with two hits.

Starter Nick Ragan (0-2) suffered the pitching loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Wayne State will be at home again Wednesday afternoon hosting the University of Mary in a 1:30 p.m. Northern Sun Conference doubleheader at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.

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Kaiti Williams went 5 for 5 at the plate and Kelcie Bormann fired a six-hit shutout as Wayne State College capped a perfect weekend at home with an 8-2 and 5-0 sweep over MSU Moorhead in Northern Sun Conference softball played Sunday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in Wayne.  WSC improves to 19-9 overall and 5-1 in the NSIC while MSU Moorhead drops to 5-10 and 1-5 in league play.

The opener saw Kaiti Williams and Kelcie Bormann each record three hits as the Wildcats picked up the 8-2 win.

After MSU Moorhead took a 2-0 lead in the second, WSC knotted the score at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the third.  WSC took the lead for good in the fourth with two runs as Kaiti Williams hit an RBI single followed by an RBI double by Kelcie Bormann.

The ‘Cats put the game out of reach in the fifth with four runs, highlighted by Shelby Wobken’s pinch-hit RBI double and an RBI double from Williams to make the final score 8-2.

WSC had 13 hits in the win, led by Kaiti Williams going a perfect 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI’s while Bormann was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI’s.  Melanie Alyea added two hits in the win.

Junior Sara Scheffert earned the complete game win, allowing seven hits and two runs with six strikeouts and three walks.

The second game saw Bormann fire a six-hit shutout while O’Brien and Wobken homered to lead the Wildcats in a 5-0 win over the Dragons.

A three-run first inning was capped by O’Brien’s two-run homer to right center field, her sixth long ball of the season.  WSC scored again in the third for a 4-0 lead and closed the scoring in the sixth when Wobken belted a pinch-hit solo homer down the right field line for a 5-0 win.

Wayne State had seven hits in the win, led by O’Brien going 2 for 3 with a two run homer and two RBI’s.  Williams also went 2 for 2 while Wobken added a pinch-hit homer.

Bormann raised her season record to 10-1 with the shutout win in the circle, allowing just six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Wayne State is scheduled to visit Upper Iowa in a Tuesday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Courtesy: Wayne State Media Relations
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