Mitchell Waletzki and Eric Hinnenkamp earned pitching wins to lead Minnesota Duluth to a 5-1 and 6-5 victory over Southwest Minnesota State in an NSIC doubleheader at Wade Stadium.
Waletzki scattered four hits and didn’t allow a run in five innings in the opener, with four strikeouts and two walks. Trevor Gustafson provided more than enough offensive support with a two-run home run and Tim Pokornowski, Brandt Kolpack and Alex Wattermann added two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
Pokornowski, a junior outfielder from Cloquet, got things started in the rematch with a two-run homer in the first inning before Southwest Minnesota State came back with four runs in the top of the second. UMD came back with four runs through the third through fifth innings. Wattermann’s sacrifice fly in the fifth proved to be the game winner as Hinnenkamp, Mason Thiel and Liam Blaschko were strong in relief of starter Aaron Wukmir, logging two scoreless innings each.
Wattermann, Henry George, Anders Brown and Mccale Peterson had two hits apiece to lead the Bulldogs (12-20 overall, 9-17 NSIC) while Brodie Smith and Chase McDaniel had two hits apiece to lead the Mustangs (11-20, 9-10).