Wayne State lost to Augustana, 17-2, at the NSIC tournament on Friday.
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Wayne State College suffered its first loss in the 2014 NSIC Baseball Tournament Friday afternoon, losing 17-2 to Augustana in the winner’s bracket final played at Karras Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Augustana advances to Saturday’s championship game at 12 p.m. Wayne State, now 27-23 on the season, faces an elimination game Friday evening at 7 p.m. against either St. Cloud State or Winona State.
Augustana opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning. WSC pulled within one at 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth scoring two runs, two hits and one Augustana error. Mike Servais opened the inning reaching on a Viking throwing error. Curtis Bussard walked with both players scoring on a Jake Perez double to right field.
But Wayne State managed just one more hit over the final five innings while Augustana used a four-run fifth inning and an eight-run ninth to blow open the game with the Vikings winning 17-2.
Augustana had 21 hits in the game to Wayne State’s four. Jake Perez had the lone extra base hit for the Wildcats, a double, to go with two RBI’s. Mike Servais, John Roberts and Alex Kreft added singles for WSC at the plate.
Starting pitcher Matt Russell (2-3) suffered the pitching loss, giving up five runs on nine hits with one strikeout. Junior lefthander Matt Schulz worked 4 1/3 innings of relief while Chad Kim and Bryce Christopher also worked in relief during the contest.
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