In a pair of tight home contests at Branch Rickey Park on Saturday afternoon, the baseball program at Shawnee State fell by tight 2-0 and 5-4 margins to Concordia (Mich.) Saturday afternoon in a nonconference doubleheader that was held in Portsmouth.
In Saturday’s opener, Kyle Wisnewski, for the third consecutive outing to begin the 2020 season, posted a quality start. Saturday’s opener, however, may have been Wisnewski’s best. The junior ultimately fired seven innings of six hit baseball while not allowing an earned run and striking out four batters while walking one in 85 pitches on the bump.
However, the Bears (1-12) only mustered a pair of hits — a double by Cameron Reaman in the third and a single by Noah Rezner in the fifth — as the game remained at a scoreless tie heading into the final frame.
In the eighth inning, back-to-back singles by Chris Lowe and Vann Acker were followed by an infield error, allowing Lowe to score, and a two-out single by Dylan Stineke scored the second run of the inning to push the Concordia (8-2) lead to a 2-0 margin. SSU went 1-2-3 in the eighth in the hard-fought, 2-0 outcome.
Outside of a one-out single by Concordia’s Victor Diaz that scored Adam Purdy, the first three innings came and went without much in the way of runs thanks, again, to strong pitching performances from SSU’s Garrett Goodwin and Concordia’s Grant Steinborn.
However, Shawnee State started to get wind underneath its sails offensively as the Bears got singles from Jacob Kline and Levi Jones, while Reaman and Rezner drew walks to plate Kline in the bottom of the fourth inning. SSU took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as back-to-back walks by Sellers and Kline were followed by a double into the right center field gap by Jones, which scored Sellers to give SSU a 2-1 lead.
Following a three-run sixth by Concordia that gave the Cardinals the lead back via a 4-2 count, Cooper Wohlgemuth followed by doubling with one out, and scored on a wild pitch two batters later, while an outfield error later in the frame allowed George Duran to score to knot the game at four apiece heading into the final regulation inning. However, a two-out double by Diaz allowed Ryan Kotecki to score in the top of the seventh frame, which sealed the final result for SSU.
Goodwin continued to build on his impressive freshman season on the mound by throwing six innings of three-hit baseball. The righty threw 73 pitches, allowed just two earned runs, and walked only one. Jones led the Bears by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and an RBI, while Wohlgemuth’s double and two walks apiece from Duran, Kline and Reaman aided the SSU offense along.
Shawnee State and Concordia will play two seven-inning contests on Sunday afternoon at Branch Rickey Park. Game time is set for a 1 p.m. start.
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