Junior first baseman went 6 for 6 with three RBI and four runs scored in the second game, helping Wayne State post a 12-9 victory over the University of Mary to gain a split of a Northern Sun Conference baseball doubleheader after the Marauders won the opener 5-2. The games were moved to Wayne due to unplayable conditions in Bismarck, North Dakota. WSC is now 9-15 and 3-7 in the league while UMary is 10-12 and 3-4.
The opener saw the Marauders plate four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie as UMary recorded a 5-2 win over the ‘Cats.
UMary held a 1-0 lead after three innings with Wayne State scoring in the top of the fourth on a Colin Lynam singled to center field to make the score 1-1.
The Marauders came up with five hits to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-1 lead.
WSC added a run in the sixth when Chase Douglas walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Babe to make the final score 5-2.
The Wildcats were held to four hits in the game. Carter Thomas was 2 for 3 with a double and run scored. Colin Lynam had an RBI single while Trey Wells had the other hit.
Sophomore starter Jackson Shelburne (1-2) was tagged with the pitching loss in 4 1/3 innings of work. Brody Sintek pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The second game was a back-and-forth battle until WSC scored twice in the eighth and ninth innings to outlast the Marauders 12-9 for a split of the doubleheader.
The Wildcats scored runs in seven of the nine innings. Trailing 9-8 after seven innings, WSC scored two runs in the top of the eighth for a 10-9 lead while also leaving the bases loaded.
WSC added two insurance runs in the ninth thanks to an RBI double from Babe that capped a 6 for 6 game followed by a run-scoring triple down the right field line by McCafferty to close the scoring in the 12-9 win.
Wayne State had 19 hits in the game while also stranding 13 base runners. Babe was 6 for 6 with a double, three RBI and four runs scored while McCafferty had a four-hit game going 4 for 6 with a triple and four RBI. Cade Lynam and Carter Thomas each added two hits in the win.
The ‘Cats used five pitchers in the game. Reliever Kolt Davis (1-0) picked up the win working two innings of relief. Freshman Braden Cannon pitched the eighth and ninth innings to earn his fourth save of the year, allowing two hits and no runs with two strikeouts.
The next scheduled action for the Wildcats will be next Tuesday (April 4th) when Wayne State faces Minnesota Duluth. The games originally scheduled to be played in Duluth will be moved to Wayne due to unplayable conditions in Duluth, Minnesota with game times set for 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne