The Wright State baseball team split a Horizon League doubleheader against Northern Kentucky Friday at Nischwitz Stadium, falling 13-10 in the opener before exploding for a 13-3 win in the second game.
The Raiders took an early 2-0 lead in the opening inning of the first game on home runs by Zach Weatherford, his fourth of the season, and Gabe Snyder. WSU then made it 3-0 in the fourth as Alex Alders tripled in Kevin Whatley.
The lead was 4-2 in the fifth as Adrian Marquez doubled in Weatherford, only to see NKU answer with seven runs in the sixth to go up 9-4.
Wright State, though, would respond with four runs in its half of the sixth, including a two-run home run by Whatley, his first of the year, and regain the lead at 10-9 with two runs in the seventh on a two-run single off the bat of Matt Morrow.
The Norse, however, went back in front to stay with three runs in the eighth and added another run in the ninth.
Weatherford had three hits and scored twice in the first game while Morrow had two hits and three RBI and Whatley two RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game, WSU tallied a pair of runs in the first and added two more in the second to go up 4-0. The Raiders then broke the game open with five runs in the fifth, including a two-run double by Cory Heffron and a two-run single from Whatley.
Wright State rounded out its scoring with four in the eighth, highlighted by a three-run Snyder home run, his second of the day and 12th of the season. The junior first baseman has now hit seven long balls in the last eight games.
Ryan Weiss (6-0) threw seven shutout innings to earn the win, allowing just two hits while striking out six.
At the plate, Snyder drove in four while scoring three times while Heffron had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, Weatherford two RBI and two runs scored and Whatley two hits and two RBI.
Wright State (30-15, 16-5 Horizon) hosts another league doubleheader on Saturday, taking on Youngstown State starting at 1:00.