SIOUX FALLS -- Wayne State rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth to overcome a one-deficit and went on to down Winona State 9-6 in an elimination game at the Northern Sun Conference baseball tournament at Sioux Falls Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play again in the late game Thursday when they will face either Concordia-St. Paul or Northern State in another elminination contest.
Tanner Simons and pinch-hitter Bryce Bisenius hit consecutive RBI doubles in the ninth to score the tying and go-ahead runs for the Wildcats. Travis Miller and Jake Lorenzini drove in a run apiece later in the inning for two more insurance scores that came in handy when the Warriors rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Miller ended the game with four hits and four runs scored to lead the Wildcats (21-25). Andrew Hanson and Simons also had a pair of hits for Wayne State. Hunter Wienhoff pitched the first six innings and limited the Warriors to four hits and three walks. Lawson Zenner got the win in relief, tossing the final two innings.
COE 4, BUENA VISTA 3: Coe's Kevin Delaney's third hit of the day in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run and the Kohawks went on to record a 4-3 win over Buena Vista in the first round of the Iowa Conference baseball tournament at Veterans Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday afternoon.
No. 3 seed Coe advances in the winner's bracket to face No.2 Wartburg while the Beavers move into an elimination game against Loras Thursday evening. Luther downed the Duhawks 7-0 in the day's other opening-round game.
No. 6 Buena Vista scored twice and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning but missed out on a chance to add more runs.
After the first two Beaver batters reached on a walk and error to start the frame, Joe Rock hit a single to left field to score Devin Wagenman. Porter Sartor followed with a double down the left-field line to plate Coleman Roberts with a second run. But a popup for an out and double play on a fly out ended the threat with no further damage for BVU and the Kohawks quickly answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Buena Vista got even again at 3-3 in the seventh inning with Bryce Rheault driving home Parker Truesdell on a two-out single. After falling behind in the eighth, Truesdell reached on an error with two out in the ninth and Rheault followed with a single but could not advance either any further, ending the game on a ground out.
Eric LaRue got the start and pitched the first five innings for BVU, fanning two batters while walking none and giving up six hits.