CARBONDALE, Ill. - Wichita State split a doubleheader with Southern Illinois to improve to 28-19 overall and 7-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. SIU won the first game 4-3 and the Shockers won game two 11-5.
Southern Illinois used a complete game from Cody Forsythe to win a pitcher's duel 4-3 in game two of a three-game series.
Forsythe allowed just three runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Brian Flynn also threw a complete game. He went eight innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Walker Davidson went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Tyler Coughenour went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
The Salukis got on the board in the fourth. With one out, Brian Flynn walked Brock Harding and Jordan Sivertsen and they advanced to second and third on a groundout by Nick Johnson. Blake Pinnon then singled to centerfield to score both and give the Salukis a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Coughenour led off the fifth with a single and after a flyout stole second base. He moved to third on a groundout by Micah Green and scored on a infield single from Walker Davidson to cut the lead to 2-1.
Harding singled with one out in the eighth and moved to third on a double from Sivertsen. A single by Johnson scored both to increase the lead to 4-1.
Chris O'Brien led off the ninth with a double to left field and Johnny Coy was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs. After a Springer lineout and a Saluki error put the runners at second and third, Coughenour and Lambert drove in runs with fielder's choices before a groundout ended the game.
Micah Green drove in a career-high seven runs as the Shockers won game two of a doubleheader with SIU 11-5.
Green went 2-for-3 with a home run. Walker Davidson went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Reliever Aaron LaBrie earned the win. He went 3.1 shutout innings and allowed just one hit.
Johnny Coy and Preston Springer led off the second with back-to-back singles and Tyler Coughenour bunted them over to second and third. After a four-pitch walk to Don Lambert, Micah Green homered to left-center for his first career home run, a grand slam, to give the Shocks a 4-0 lead.
Coughenour doubled to leadoff the fourth and moved to third after Lambert reached on an error. Green then hit a ball to centerfield for a sacrifice fly to score Coughenour to put the Shocks in front 5-0.
The Salukis answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. SIU used two hits, two walks, two Shocker errors and a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-3.
The Shockers used three walks and four singles to score five more in the fifth and take a 10-3 advantage.
WSU added a run in the seventh and SIU scored two in the eighth to make the score 11-5.
The Shockers are next in action on Tue., May 3 when they travel to Lawrence, Kan., to take on Kansas at 6 p.m.