Shockers Outlast Redbirds in 10 Innings, 8-6

By: Wichita State Sports Information Email
By: Wichita State Sports Information Email

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Wichita State used two runs in the 10th inning to defeat Illinois State 8-6 and take the Missouri Valley Conference series.

Casey Gillaspie went 4-for-5 with an RBI to lead WSU. Cale Elam earned the win. He pitched two shutout innings with three strikeouts.

The Redbirds jumped on the Shockers in the first. ISU used five hits off of Shocker starter A.J. Ladwig to take a 3-0 lead.

Johnny Coy led off the second with his sixth home run of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. Josh Halbert led off the third with a walk and after an infield single by Taylor Doggett, Kevin Hall sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Don Lambert drove in Halbert with a groundout to second to pull WSU within 3-2.

ISU scored another run in the third to take a 4-2 lead, but the Shockers responded with three runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. Doggett, Hall and Lambert all singled to start the inning to score one run and a Coy sac fly and a Gillaspie single gave WSU the lead.

WSU tacked on another run in the sixth. Tyler Baker led off with a double and scored on a single by Doggett to make the score 6-4.

Eric Aguilera homered to lead off the sixth to cut the lead to 6-5 and Bryan Huff's single in the eighth tied the score at six.

Gillaspie led off the 10th with a single and Erik Harbutz bunted pinch runner Micah Green to second. Dayne Parker then doubled down the left field line to drive in Green and Parker moved to third on a flyout. Parker scored on a Redbird error to give the Shocks an 8-6 lead.

The Shockers are next in action on Tue., April 10 against Kansas in Lawrence at 6 p.m.

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