Wildcat baseball drops two at Regis
Regis University slugged out 23 hits and scored 23 runs in the opener, then won a pitcher’s duel in the second game to sweep Wayne State College 23-7 and 4-1 in a non-conference college baseball twinbill played Sunday afternoon at the Regis Baseball Field in Denver, Colo.
The opener saw Wayne State take a 4-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to two-run homers from senior Tanner Simons and freshman Andrew Hanson, but Regis struck for seven runs in the first on seven hits and took a 7-4 lead.
The Rangers poured it on the Wildcats, adding two runs in the second, four in the third, two more in the fourth followed by three in the fifth and five in the sixth to finish with the 23-7 win.
Wayne State had nine hits in the contest, led by Hanson going 2-for-4 with a homer, single, two RBI and two runs scored. David Janes was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Simons belted a two-run homer.
Junior starter Charles Hasty was tagged with the pitching loss, allowing 10 hits and nine runs in two innings of work. Adam Poldberg, Gabe Hoogers and Cedric Moreno also worked in relief for the Wildcats.
The second game saw the Wildcats lead early again, but the host Rangers scored two runs in the third and fourth innings to win a low-scoring 4-1 contest over the Wildcats to complete the sweep.
Simons led off the game with a single and scored on a Janes infield single to third base giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers scored two runs in the third on a pair of hits to take a 2-1 lead against Wildcat freshman starter Aaron Ras, then used a solo homer in the fourth followed by a hit batter and Wildcat error that led to the second run of the inning giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead to close out the scoring.
Wayne State had just four hits in the contest compared to six for Regis. Simons was 2-for-3 with a double and scored Wayne State’s lone run. Zane Zitek doubled while Janes singled and had the lone Wildcat RBI.
Ras suffered the pitching loss, charged with four runs (three earned) on four hits in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk. Lawson Zenner worked 2/3 of an inning while Isaac Rubendall pitched the final two innings and allowed two hits and no runs.
Wayne State (0-4) resumes play on Saturday, March 3 with a non-conference doubleheader at Newman University in Wichita, Kan., starting at 1 p.m.