Baseball Drops Pair To Wayne State

Nick Palmer
Nick Palmer

OVERVIEW – WAYNE STATE

SCORES: Wayne State Warriors 4, Northwood Timberwolves 0/Wayne State 7, Northwood 2

RECORDS: Northwood 16-9, 2-4 GLIAC/Wayne State 20-4, 5-1 GLIAC

LOCATION: Gerace Stadium – Midland, Mich.

RECAP: Northwood drops pair to Wayne State Friday afternoon (March 29), losing 4-0 and 7-2.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wayne State got on the board first in the top of the second. After a lead-off walk, hit-by-pitch, and sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out, a bloop single to right field made it 1-0 Warriors going into the bottom of the inning.
  • WS added to the lead in the third. With one out, a solo shot over the left center field wall instantly made it 2-0 Wayne State. One walk and a triple down the right-field line later, the lead was extended to 3-0. A sacrifice fly plated the runner from third to cap a big inning for the Warriors as they lead 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third.
  • Northwood could only post two hits against Wayne State pitcher Hunter Brown, who finished a seven-inning shutout.

GAME ONE STATS

  • Runs/Hits/Errors – Northwood: 0/2/1, Wayne State: 4/6/2
  • Runners Left on Base – Northwood: 4, Wayne State: 4
  • Winning Pitcher – Hunter Brown (4-0): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R (0 ER), 7 K, 3 BB
  • Losing Pitcher – Zach Kregal (4-2): 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 K, 2 BB

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Sackett: 1-2, 1 BB
  • Connor Kin: 1-2
  • Joseph: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, (0 ER), 2 K, 0 BB

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wayne State broke the scoreless tie in the third. After walk and a single put runners at first and third with one out, an infield bunt single plated the runner from third to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
  • Later in the third, the Warriors loaded the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly extended the lead to 2-0, but Jake Gross was able to limit the damage and strand two runners heading into the bottom of the inning.
  • Northwood responded quickly in their ensuing at-bats. Cole Brooks walked, David Vinsky reached on an error, and Nick Palmer took a free pass to load the bases with two out. Keaton Sackett fell behind in the count 0-2, but worked a full count and eventually walked to earn an RBI and cut the deficit to 2-1 after three innings.
  • The Warriors took their turn to counter and did with a bang in the fourth. A lead-off solo home run over the left-field fence extended the lead to 3-1. Off the home run, back-to-back singles put runners on first and third. A passed ball, sharp single down the line, and fielder's choice added three more runs. By the end of the frame, Wayne State had a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
  • The Timberwolves responded in the fifth amidst some controversy. To lead off the inning, Nick Palmer smacked a line drive down the left-field line that cleared the fence. It was initially ruled foul, but after an umpire review, Palmer was given the home run and NU was within four at 6-2 heading into the sixth.
  • The Warriors added insurance runs in the seventh. After a lead-off triple, an ensuing RBI single pushed the lead back to five runs, which proved to be more than enough as the Timberwolves dropped the second game of the doubleheader.

GAME TWO STATS

  • Runs/Hits/Errors – Northwood: 2/5/0, Wayne State: 7/13/1
  • Runners Left on Base – Northwood: 10, Wayne State: 8
  • Winning Pitcher – Tyler Waldrop (4-0): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 8 K, 6 BB
  • Losing Pitcher – Jake Gross (4-2): 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 K, 3 BB

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Palmer: 1-3, HR, BB
  • Brooks: 1-2, 2 BB
  • Vinsky: 1-3, BB
  • Moran: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB

UP NEXT

  • Northwood will host Wayne State again on Saturday (March 30) for the third game of the series against the Warriors. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.