Minot State took advantage of 10 walks, two hit batters and three Wayne State errors to take down the Wildcats 12-4 Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the NSIC Baseball Tournament in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  The Wildcats drop to 32-17 on the season and now face Winona State, a 4-1 loser to Augustana, in an elimination game Friday morning at 11 a.m.

WSC opened the scoring in the top of the first on a Kyle Thompson two out solo homer over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead.

Minot State scored twice in the bottom of the frame without a hit, using two walks and two hit batters along with a sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead.

The “Cats evened the contest at 2-2 in the top of the second when Andrew Hanson doubled and scored on a Travis Miller RBI groundout. 

The Beavers used a walk followed by a homer for a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third.

WSC got within a run in the top of the fifth at 4-3 thanks to doubles from Alex Logelin and Bryce Bisenius. 

Minot State then took control of the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on two hits to go with three Wildcat walks and broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 12-3 lead.

Logelin connected for a solo homer in the top of the ninth to close the scoring for a final of 12-4.

Wayne State had one more hit in the game than Minot State 9-8.  Logelin finished the game 3 for 4 with a homer, double and two runs scored while Hanson was 2 for 3 with a double and run scored.  Thompson had a solo homer while Bisenius doubled for other Wildcat extra base hits.

Junior starter Hunter Wienhoff (8-3) suffered the pitching loss, charged with six runs (all earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks.  Aaron Ras, Lawson Zenner and Josh Renken each worked in relief for the Wildcats.

In other news

WAYNE — Wayne State junior point guard Halley Busse scored a season-high 25 points to power the Wildcats past Northern State 79-67 in women’s basketball game played here Saturday.

WAYNE — An explosive first half led the Wayne State women to a 78-73 Northern Sun Conference win over Minnesota State University-Moorhead at Rice Auditorium here on Friday evening.

WAYNE — The Wayne State men's basketball team wasted a first-half comeback against Minnesota State University-Moorhead as the Dragons rebounded in the second 20 minutes to finish off an 82-71 win over the Wildcats here at Rice Auditorium Friday evening.

WAYNE — The Wayne State Cross Country teams hosted the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Cross Country Championships at the Wayne Country Club here Saturday for the first time since 2014.

WAYNE — Wayne State saw a great second-half effort fall just a little short in an conference confrontation against Northern State University here in a Saturday afternoon game at Memorial Stadium and Bob Cunningham Field.

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