Wildcats take series with doubleheader sweep over Beavers on Saturday

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Win: Breedlove (3-3) 6.042113
Loss: McNallan (2-4) 6.064337
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Win: McFadden (2-3) 6.072214
Loss: Stigman (2-3) 4.296652
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Wildcats take series with doubleheader sweep over Beavers on Saturday
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wildcats take series with doubleheader sweep over Beavers on Saturday

WAYNE, Neb. (Chapman Baseball Complex) – Wayne State College secured the series win against Bemidji State University baseball Saturday afternoon with 4-2 and 10-2 victories at Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne, Neb. BSU (12-22, 9-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) received production from the top of the lineup but could not earn a victory on the day against WSC (18-18, 13-11 NSIC).

Game One
Senior Ryan Rumpca put Bemidji State on the board first in the top of the first inning with a sacrifice fly to bring in senior Ben Boser from third. The Wildcats answered with one run in each of the first and third innings, but Rumpca would come home on a sacrifice fly from senior Collin Eckman in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. An RBI single in the fifth inning and sacrifice fly in the sixth put Wayne State up for good.

BSU starting pitcher Connor McNallan (2-4) threw his fourth complete game of the season despite being credited with the loss. He finished with three earned runs allowed on six hits with seven strikeouts. Wildcats starter Aidan Breedlove (3-3) went 6.0 innings with one earned run allowed on four hits. WSC reliever Kyle Kennebeck recorded his second save of the season after entering in the seventh inning and tallying two strikeouts.

Game Two
Wayne State took the first lead in game two with two runs in the first inning, hitting back-to-back lead off singles and later scoring in the inning on another RBI single through the left side. WSC extended the lead to 3-0 in the second before exploding for five runs in the fifth. Two walks, two doubles and a single brought home the runs for the Wildcats in the fifth to give the home team an 8-0 advantage. Boser and Rumpca again put up back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth inning and eventually score on a sacrifice fly by junior Scott Litchy and RBI single by Eckman. WSC neutralized BSU’s two runs with two more in the bottom of the sixth to go up, 10-2.

Beavers starter Jack Stigman (2-3) took the loss after giving up six earned runs on nine hits through 4.2 innings of work. Wildcats starter Teague McFadden (2-3) earned the win after going 6.0 innings with two earned runs allowed on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Bemidji State returns home Wednesday, April 19 to host Minot State University with three weeks of regular season games remaining. BSU and MiSU will throw the first pitch of a doubleheader at 2 p.m. at BSU Baseball Field in Bemidji, Minn.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).