The Northern State University baseball team swept Winona State in the final home games of the 2017 season. The Wolves downed the Warriors with scores of 6-1 and 8-0, improving to 22-24 overall and 15-19 in league action.
The Wolves quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in their first appearances at the plate. Ben Carolin led off the game with a bunt single to the pitcher, and advanced two at-bats later as Lucas Lorenz was hit by a pitch. Seth Sullwold singled to left field, loading the bases for the Wolves five hole hitter Jack Schmidt.
With one swing of the bat, Schmidt put the Wolves on the board sending a blast to deep right field. The grand slam propelled Schmidt into a solid day at the plate.
Northern added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, lengthening their lead. Mikey Barreneche led off the inning with a single to centerfield. The Wolves shortstop came around to score two at-bats later as Seth Sullwold hit a sky rocketing homerun down the right field line.
Sullwold led the team with two hits, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. He was followed by Ben Carolin with two hits as well and a run scored. Schmidt’s seventh homerun of the season gave him one run scored and four RBI to lead the team.
Barreneche and Ben Allen tallied the final two hits for the Wolves in the win.
Luke Chevalier made his eight start of the season, while grabbing his sixth win. The redshirt sophomore went 6.2 innings with just one earned run on four hits. He notched eight strikeouts bring his season total to 68 on the year, while also breaking the single season school record (62) set by Colton Boucher in 2015. Kris Johnson entered in relief, throwing the final out of the game.
The Wolves scored first again in game two with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Patrick Leary reached base after a hit-by-pitch kicking off the inning for the Wolves. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Gripentrog and came around to score as Ben Allen singled through the right side.
Jack Schmidt stepped to the plate and belted his second homerun of the day, again to the opposite field plating three runs for the Wolves.
Northern added another pair of runs in the fifth and sixth, as well as two runs in the seventh, securing the 8-0 victory over the Warriors.
Lucas Lorenz added to the homeruns for the day in the fifth with a blast over the 25-foot batters eye fence in centerfield. The blast marked his 13th of the season, bringing him one step closer to the single season and career homerun records.
Schmidt was not done for the day either, as he made it a hat-trick of homeruns in the bottom of the seventh. His third of the day and ninth of the season was another ball sent to deep right.
Schmidt led the team in the win going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, five RBI, and two homeruns.
Mikey Barreneche also notched three hits, while adding a run scored and an RBI.
Ben Allen was the final Wolf with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.
Lucas Lorenz and Zach Beatty rounded out the team total with a hit apiece.
Nick Hoffard went the long haul, throwing his first complete game and shut out of the season.
The senior held the Warriors scoreless through nine complete innings with eight hits and one strikeouts. Hoffard and the Wolves defense got out of a few jams with four double plays in the game, as the Warriors left eight runners on base.
The Wolves conclude the regular season May 5 and 6 with a 4-game series at Minnesota Duluth. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday.
NSU currently sits ninth in the league overall, as they look to make a run for a conference tournament berth.
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