Wildcats split Sunday twinbill with Newman

The Wayne State baseball team hit five home runs in the opener, but couldn’t keep the big bats rolling as they settled for a split Sunday at Newman, winning the opener 16-6 before dropping the nightcap 11-5 in Wichita, Kan.

In the first game, the Wildcats crushed five home runs and pounded out 16 hits to blow out the Jets. Senior Tanner Simons and junior Travis Miller each homered twice to lead the Wildcat hit parade, which was highlighted by a nine-run third inning.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the second on Miller’s lead off blast over the left field wall. After Newman took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame, Wayne State took control in the top of the third with a nine-run inning.

Simons led off the third with a homer. Four batters later, Miller connected for a three-run homer for his second long ball of the contest. Other big hits to highlight the inning included a two-runs single from David Janes and an RBI single from Bryce Bisenius, giving the Wildcats a 10-2 lead.

Newman got within 10-6 with a four-run fifth inning, but Wayne put the game out of reach with two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Simons blasted a two-run shot for his second homer of the game in the sixth, while Peyton Barnes clubbed a grand slam homer in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Wayne State had 16 hits in the win. Simons was 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI. Miller ended 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and four RBI. David Janes was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI while Barnes finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a grand slam. Zane Zitek and Bryce Bisenius each added two hits in the win.

Junior Charles Hasty (1-1) earned the pitching win, working 4 2/3 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts. Spencer Johnson recorded one out while Jordan Mehl retired all six batters he faced in the final two innings.

The second game saw the Wildcat bats go dormant as Wayne State was held to just two hits in the first six innings while Newman erupted late for 10 runs in the final three innings to break open a close game and salvage the split.

Wayne State went without a hit until one out in the fourth, when Peyton Barnes doubled. With Newman leading 1-0 entering the sixth, the Wildcats evened the score at 1-1 on a David Janes RBI single before the Jets scored twice in the bottom of the inning to make it a 3-1 game.

The Wildcats countered with two runs in the top of the seventh as Jackson Petersen’s double scored Bryce Bisenius and Travis Miller to make the score 3-3. But Newman took the lead for good with two in the bottom of the seventh and plated six runs in the eighth for an 11-3 lead. Wayne State scored twice in the ninth with Kyle Thompson producing a two-run homer to close out the scoring.

Wayne State had just five hits in the contest. Thompson had a two-run homer with Petersen adding a two-run double.  Barnes doubled while Janes and Bisenius each singled. Starter Lawson Zenner (0-1) was the hard luck loser, working six strong innings and allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts. Adam Poldberg, Spencer Johnson and Brady Johnson each worked in relief for the Wildcats.

Wayne State (2-6) will play a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Pittsburg State (11-5) in Pittsburg, Kan., starting at 1 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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