Big Inning Helps Wingnuts Past ESU

By: KAKE Sports
By: KAKE Sports

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The Wichita Wingnuts defeated Emporia State University 6-4 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Monday night.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wingnuts plated four runs to take the lead for the remainder of the game. David Amberson drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Jared McDonald's double to right-center field. A Ryan Khoury single and a Jake Kahaulelio walk allowed Wichita to load the bases with no outs. John Rodriguez then ripped a double to right-center that brought home McDonald and Khoury. C.J. Ziegler drove in Kahaulelio with a sacrifice fly to deep left field to cap off the rally.

Tyler White, Nathan Kilcrease, and Lincoln Holdzkom each worked a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the game. Holdzkom struck out two during a perfect, eight-pitch top of the ninth to earn the save.

The Wingnuts scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first. With second and third and two outs, Cole Armstrong lined a single to right field that scored Khoury and Kahaulelio.

Emporia State cut the Wingnuts' lead in half in the top of the third on a two-out, RBI triple to right from Jordan Slade.

The Hornets added three runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 advantage. Zack Carlson hit a two-run double to right field while Aaron Rea picked up an RBI single to center.

Chris Smith started for the Wingnuts and took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on two hits in three innings of work. Smith walked one and struck out four.

Hornets' starter Keith Picht also took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on one hit in two innings. Picht walked two and struck out one.

Junior Guerra earned the win in relief for the Wingnuts. Guerra allowed three earned runs and struck out four over three frames. Parker McDaniel absorbed the loss for Emporia State, allowing three earned runs during Wichita's sixth-inning rally.

The Wingnuts took their at bat in the bottom of the ninth and tacked on four more runs. Blake Bergeron and McDonald had RBI singles, while Amberson and Khoury also chipped in RBIs.

The Wingnuts continue their exhibition schedule Wednesday morning at 11:05 a.m. against the Kansas City T-Bones at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Tickets are just $7 general admission and can be purchased at the gate.

The 2013 season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins Thursday, May 16th against the Kansas City T-Bones at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Prior to the game, a ceremony celebrating the life of bench coach Brian Rose will take place.

Beginning this season, fans can use cash at all points of sale in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Debit and credit cards will still be accepted. Fans can resolve outstanding balances on cash cards from previous years until June 1st, 2013.

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