WICHITA -- Tyler Grimes hit a three-run home run while Josh Smith pitched 5.2 innings of shutout baseball as Wichita State University defeated Indiana State University, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.
The win puts the Shockers at 32-24 overall and 11-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State will welcome in-state rival Kansas State on Tuesday, May 17, for a 6:30 p.m., non-conference match-up in the final scheduled home game of the season.
Indiana State falls to 25-24, 7-11 in the conference.
Grimes finished going 1-for-4 with three RBI. Walker Davidson was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Smith allowed only four hits over his 5.2 innings of work, striking out one.
Kyle Burnam had two hits in four trips to the plate for the Sycamores, driving in the lone Indiana State run.
Jason Van Skike picked up the loss for Indiana State, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits in four innings.
The Shockers were up 1-0 after three innings before some two-out magic put runners on the corners in the fourth. Grimes worked the count to 2-2 before taking the Van Skike offering to right-center field to put WSU up, 5-0.
Tyler Coughenour added an RBI single in the eighth, driving in Chris O'Brien, for the sixth run of the game.
Burnam had an RBI groundout in the ninth to cap the scoring.
O'Brien extended his hitting streak to 21 games in the first inning with a single to right field.
TJ McGreevy pitched 3.1 innings in relief to pick up his second save of the season.