Baseball starts season 2 for 3 against Newman

Nate Neary, Staff Writer

Wayne State College’s baseball team won two of three games in the opening series of the season against Newman University in Wichita, Kans.

WSC earned a split on Saturday, with the host Jets winning the opener 7-4 after the Wildcats took an early 3-0 lead. In the second game, WSC rallied to win 12-10 after falling behind 7-3.

The entire series was a show of offensive fire power. In the opener, WSC held a 3-0 lead before the Jets stormed back to score seven unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to defeat the ‘Cats.

Tandon Dorn led WSC at the plate, going two for three while slamming a homer and double and scoring two runs.

Bobby St. Pierrre suffered the pitching loss. He allowed five runs on six hits while also walking four and adding four strikeouts.

The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader saw WSC trail for most of the contest.

Down 7-3 in the sixth, WSC scored three runs on a two-run single from Aaron Krier and an RBI double by Dorn to pull within one run.

The ’Cats went on to score four runs in the seventh, giving them their first lead of the game. Newman scored two in the bottom of the seventh to bring the score within one at 10-9.

WSC padded its lead in the eighth when Tanner Simons recorded an RBI double, while Bodie Cooper had a sacrifice fly to make the score 12-9.

The Jets added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to win 12-10.

WSC swung the bat with authority Sunday afternoon, racking up 11 runs in the first three innings in their final game against Newman.

The rest of the game was a breeze, as WSC went on to win 12-5 in the nonconference game.

WSC hit three home runs, with one apiece coming from Kyle Thompson, Simons and Cooper.

Freshmen pitcher Aiden Breedlove was the starting pitcher and worked the first three innings. He allowed four runs on three hits with four k’s and three walks. Six relievers came in after Breedlove, with freshman Hunter Wienhoff earning the win as he struck out all three batters he faced.

WSC will be back on the field Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo., to play a pair of doubleheaders each day.