Shockers Fall In Ninth

By: Wichita State Email
By: Wichita State Email

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April 8, 2012

Illinois State scored a run in the ninth to defeat Wichita State 6-5 in game two of a three-game series. The Shockers fell behind 4-0 and 5-1, but rallied to tie the score at five in the seventh.

Micah Green went 1-for-3 with two RBI, while Johnny Coy went 2-for-4. Cale Elam took the loss as he pitched 0.2 innings and gave up the winning run on three hits in the ninth.

The Redbirds picked up a couple of runs in the first inning. Shocker starter Mitch Mormann walked the leadoff batter and hit the next Redbird to put two runners on with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt, Zac Johnson doubled both of them in for a 2-0 lead.

ISU tacked on another run in the second inning and another in the third to go in front 4-0.

Casey Gillaspie walked with one out in the fourth and Ryan Hege doubled to left-center to put runners at second and third with one out. Micah Green grounded out to third to drive in Gillaspie to cut the lead to 4-1.

The Redbirds answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Shockers came storming back. Dayne Parker led off the sixth with a walk and after a single by Coy, Gillaspie doubled to drive in Parker and cut the lead to 5-2. Don Lambert and Micah Green followed with sacrifice flies to pull WSU to within 5-4.

The Shockers tied it at five with Tyler Baker's double in the seventh inning, but the Redbirds used three hits and an error in the ninth to score the winning run.

Game three of the series is Sunday at 1 p.m.

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