WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State scored a run in every inning including three each in the sixth and seventh to take Saturday afternoon’s series rubber match with conference foe Evansville, 10-6.
Brittany Fortner led a quartet of Shockers with multi-hit games going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s.
Sloan Anderson picked up her second win of the series improving to 11-6 going 3.2 innings of hitless relief.
Evansville’s Tamara Robey started the game with a triple down the left field line on the day’s first pitch and scored two batters later on an error by Paige Mason at third base.
The Shockers answered in the bottom of the first getting a leadoff single from Brittany Fortner. Fortner then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Melanie Jaegers and groundout by Ali Vandever. After Megan McCracken walked to extend the inning, Fortner scored when McCracken stole second drawing a throw down to second base that was cutoff early by the shortstop attempting to lure Fortner to break for home. The shortstop then made an errant throw to third base allowing Fortner to score the tying run.
Fortner put another run on the board in the second to give WSU a 2-1 lead driving a two-out RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Kacie Eich from third.
Vandever extended the Wichita State lead to 3-1 in the third with a solo home run to left center.
In the top of the fourth a pair of fielding errors allowed Evansville to plate five runs, only two earned, to take a 5-3 lead. Those would be the last runs of the games for Evansville.
Wichita scored seven unanswered runs to end the game beginning with Melanie Jaegers RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth. The Shockers tied the game, 6-6, in the fifth on Brianne Bond’s two-run double to left center and gained the lead Fortner’s RBI groundout two batters later.
Vandever scored an unearned run in the sixth on an error by the Purple Aces third baseman. Pinch-hitter Molly Baker put the exclamation point on the Shocker comeback launching a two-run homer to straightaway centerfield.
Wichita State will now play a pair of midweek non-conference games beginning with Tuesday’s 6 p.m. game at Tulsa and followed by the Shockers hosting Oklahoma State on Wed., Apr. 3 at 7 p.m.