Wayne State College posted record numbers Friday evening in dismantling Southwest Minnesota State 28-12 in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division II Central Region Baseball Tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado. The 26th-ranked Wildcats improved to 44-13 with the win and now face top-seeded and 29th-ranked Mesa State in the winner’s bracket final on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. after the Mavericks beat New Mexico Highlands on Friday 15-13.
The teams combined for 40 runs with 48 hits between the two Northern Sun Conference teams that were facing each other for the first time this season. The Wildcats set several NCAA Division II Tournament. The 32 hits are two more than the previous mark of 30 held by three different teams, (Valdosta State-1985, Lewis (Ill.)-1990 and Cal State Los Angeles in 2007).The 27 runs batted in tied a record held by Delta State in 1981 and Florida Southern in 1985. The 28 runs was just one shy of the record 29 runs scored by Florida Southern vs. Florida Atlantic in 1985 and the 13-run sixth inning was one run shy of the 14 runs scored by SIU-Edwardsville vs. Adelphi in 1997.
Senior outfielder Justin Hemauer set a new single game NCAA Division II Tournament record for hits by going 7 for 8 at the plate.