Baseball gets back to winning ways

Nate Neary, Staff Writer

The Wayne State College baseball team got back to its winning ways this past weekend, taking three of four games from conference foe University of Mary.

“We played defense well enough and pitched outstanding, and that’s what got us those wins,” Head Coach Alex Koch said.

WSC used a seven-run fifth inning in Saturday’s opening game to help propel the ‘Cats to a 14-4 victory over the Marauders. Cody Jenkins contributed mightily with a three-run homer to get the ‘Cats rolling.

A four-run first inning was aided by poor pitching from UM, who walked three WSC batters and allowed two hits.

WSC had 11 hits for the game, led by Jenkins who went 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs.

Senior Bobby St. Pierre (3-2) got the win, allowing only two runs on six innings of work.

The second game of the doubleheader lasted for 10 innings, as WSC fought back from a 6-3 deficit to claim the victory 7-6.

Excellent relief pitching from Keenan Breen and Kyle Kennebeck helped the ‘Cats get back in the game.

“They really have been pretty good all year. They have a lot of confidence in themselves,” Koch said.

WSC won the game when Bodie Cooper led off with a double then scored off of a David Janes sacrifice fly.

Kennebeck was credited with the win, his first of the season.

The first game on Sunday saw WSC drop a pitching battle, 2-1, in a game that lasted 11 innings.

WSC’s lone run came in the second inning when Aaron Krier singled and later scored on a Jackson Petersen double.

Sunday’s second game saw the bats get hot again for WSC, as they put 10 runs on the home team.

“Our approach of getting after fast balls got us back to hitting the ball hard on the line and balls just found holes,” Koch said.

WSC had to rally when they fell behind 7-6 in the seventh inning with two outs and only one runner on base. The ’Cats used three singles from Petersen, Kyle Thompson and Jenkins to get back on top and eventually get the win.

“Aaron Krier really was our spark plug. He had two home runs in that game to keep us in it,” Koch said.

Winona State will be in town today at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex. WSC is now 10-14 overall.