by Sam Goetzinger / firstname.lastname@example.org / Photo : SCSU Athletics
In game two of the mid-week double header against the Wildcats from Wayne State College, St. Cloud State was looking for the same result they got in Game one but WSC had other things in mind.
The ballgame was scoreless concluding the first inning, but the Wildcats cracked open the scoring in the top of the second batting around a couple of singles to drive in two runs against Sophomore Matt Osterberg who started on the bump for SCSU. Head Coach Pat Dolan and the coaching staff decided to pull Osterberg early after the second inning. Osterberg finished his day with 2.0 innings pitched, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts. Right hander Riley Ahern got the call to relief for the second time in as many games for the cardinal and black. Ahern was strong for three innings until he got in a jam in the top of the sixth.
With two runners on Ahern was pulled from the mound, and coach Dolan called on Senior lefty Zach Siggelkow to get out of the inning. Siggelkow walked the first batter he saw who was also a left for WSC, and with the walk his day would be over and Senior Matt Butler took over the pitching duties for St. Cloud State in the top of the sixth.
A run would come around to score to make it 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats against Butler, but the run would be charged to Ahern due to him letting the first two batters of the inning on base for WSC.
Butler was strong until the top of the eighth and then he saw himself in the hole with runners on second and third for Wayne State. A change was made on the mound for SCSU to get out of the eighth when Junior Shannon Ahern entered the game to try and get out of the hole.
Another run came around to score for WSC to make it 4-0, and once again the run would be credited to Matt butler for leaving the runners on base.
A little life was shown by the Huskies in the bottom of the eighth when Caeden Harris hammered a double to send himself in scoring position. Two batters later Senior Ethan Ibarra would pick up his second RBI on the day smacking a double of his own to drive in Harris and push the deficit to 4-1.
That would be all SCSU could muster in game two as they could not get past the hot start by Freshman Ryan Obrecht who went 7.2 innings, allowed 4 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 4 batters.
St. Cloud State drops the mid-week matinee to the Wayne State Wildcats 4-1 and fall to 22-6 overall on the season and 10-4 in conference play.