Wayne State College

1973 Baseball Team

Inducted: 2005

The 1973 baseball team ranks as one of the most successful in school history. The team won the NAIA District 11 championship with a 26-3 record, advancing to the NAIA Area Three playoffs in Enid, Oklahoma. Head coach Fred Pierce was named the NAIA District 11 Coach of the Year in 1973 and won the award three out of the four years he coached at WSC. The team batting average of .349 ranked in the top three nationally. Steve Heying and Jack Shupe led the nation in RBI's per game at 1.86. Shupe (.500) and Greg Kamp (.482) ranked fourth and fifth respectively in batting that season. Wayne State College went a perfect 6-0 in the Nebraska College Conference in 1973 and had five players named to the Nebraska NAIA All-Star First Team: Greg Kamp-pitcher; John Ege-shortstop; Jack Shupe-first base; Steve Heying-third base and Ray Miller-outfield. The 1973 team set a school record with an .897 winning percentage and had a 14-game win streak, a school record that was matched by the 2005 WSC baseball team. The 1973 WSC baseball team was inducted into the WSC Athletics Hall of Fame on October 1, 2005.