The #18 Wayne State College baseball team rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and defeated Upper Iowa 10-4 at the NSIC Baseball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at St. Cloud, Minnesota. With the win, Wayne State improved to 42-11 on the season and advanced to the NSIC Championship Game which will be played on Sunday at noon.
Wayne State is the only undefeated team remaining in the NSIC Tournament. Upper Iowa dropped to 26-25 with the loss. The Peacocks will play either Southwest Minnesota State or Minnesota State at 7:00 Saturday evening to determine who will take on Wayne State in the championship game on Sunday.
Upper Iowa opened the scoring with a single run in the second inning. Upper Iowa’s Seth Fox tripled with one out in the inning, and T.J. Johnson delivered an RBI double which scored Fox and gave the Peacocks the 1-0 lead. Upper Iowa added another run in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, Brock Spangenberg doubled and scored on an RBI single by Lucas Wilsing.
The Peacocks scored again in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead over Wayne State. Fox led off the fourth inning with a double for Upper Iowa. After a ground ball moved Fox to third, Josh McKeon delivered a sacrifice fly to give Upper Iowa the 3-0 lead.
Wayne State used two runs in the fifth to cut the Upper Iowa lead to 3-2. Justin Hemauer singled and moved to second on a walk to Eric Bond. With two outs in the inning, Treye Hacker and John Plasha had back-to-back RBI singles to score Hemauer and Bond. Upper Iowa scored their final run of the game in the sixth inning. T.J. Johnson reached on a Wildcat error and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Erik Sorensen followed with a sacrifice fly which scored Johnson and gave Upper Iowa the 4-2 lead.
Wayne State rallied in the seventh and eighth innings. With two outs in the seventh inning, Hacker and Plasha singled, and Mike Bisenius was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the ‘Cats. Nick Bidroski then reached on an Upper Iowa error which scored both Hacker and Plasha to tie the game at 4-4.
WSC took control of the game with six runs in the eighth inning.
Brandon Polk led off the eighth with a single to left field, and Hemauer and Bond followed with bunt singles to load the bases for Wayne State. With one out in the inning, Wayne State took the lead on a walk to Hacker. Following an Upper Iowa pitching change, Plasha belted a two RBI double which gave the ‘Cats a 7-4 lead. Following a walk to Bisenius, Nick Bidroski drove in Hacker with an RBI fielder’s choice, giving WSC an 8-4 lead. Josh Yost and Brandon Polk also added RBI singles to close out the huge eighth inning for the ‘Cats.
Wayne State starting pitcher Josh Voth went the distance on the mound and improved to 2-5 on the season. Voth allowed single runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings, but didn’t allow a hit in the final three innings of play when Wayne State took control of the game. Voth allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts on the day. Wayne State had 14 hits in the game. John Plasha went 3 for 5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored to lead Wayne State offensively in the win. Treye Hacker went 3 for 4 with two RBI’s and two runs scored, and Justin Hemauer added three hits on the day for WSC.
Lucas Wilsing and Seth Fox each had two hits for Upper Iowa. Wilsing started the game on the mound for the Peacocks and allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings of work. Brad Mey (2-2) allowed six runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout in just 1.1 innings pitched in a losing effort for Upper Iowa.
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