WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State pitcher Brian Flynn threw a two-hit complete game to lead the Shockers to a 6-1 win Saturday against Illinois State at Eck Stadium.
The Shockers took the lead in the fourth inning, then used a four-run fifth inning to break open the Missouri Valley Conference game in front of a home crowd of 3,675 and improve to 25-17 overall and 5-3 in Valley play.
Sophomore Flynn improved to 4-1 on the season with the first complete nine-inning performance of his Wichita State career. The left-hander struck out four and threw 101 pitches.
Catcher Chris O'Brien and designated hitter Preston Springer led the Shockers with three hits each and both players extended their hitting streaks to seven games. Third baseman Tyler Coughenour paced Wichita State with two RBI.
Illinois State pitcher Dan Savas (3-2) was credited with the loss. The Redbirds fell to 24-12 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
The Shockers ended the scoreless game in the fourth inning.
Don Lambert led off the inning with a single, then stole second base. Coughenour's sacrifice bunt advanced Lambert to third base. Lambert then scored on Micah Green's sacrifice bunt for a 1-0 Wichita State lead.
Wichita State added four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead.
Tyler Grimes doubled to right center, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kevin Hall's double to left scored Grimes for a 2-0 Shocker lead. O'Brien's single advanced Hall to third base. Hall later scored on Springer's single to right field. Coy walked to load the bases with no outs. Coughenour's two-RBI, one-out double scored O'Brien and Springer for the 5-0 edge.
Illinois State's Ryan Court scored on Tyler McNeely's sacrifice fly to end the shutout in the seventh inning and cut the score to 5-1.
Shocker Springer scored in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly to left field from Coy for the 6-1 lead.
The three-game home series against Illinois State continues at 1 p.m. Sunday at Eck Stadium.
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