WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State’s baseball team defeated Central Arkansas 9-6 in a one-game series Tuesday at Eck Stadium in Wichita. The Shockers improved to 4-0 on the season while Central Arkansas is now 1-3.
Sam Tewes earned his first win of the season for the Shockers. He pitched four and a third innings, gave up a run on no hits with two walks, and had two strikeouts.
Brandon Schmidt took the loss for Central Arkansas while Foster Vielock picked up the save.
Wichita State scored its nine runs from 13 hits, and had one error. Central Arkansas scored its six runs from six hits while also having an error.
The Shockers scored three runs on two hits in the bottom of the second inning to go up 3-0. Wes Phillips doubled to left center, scoring Zair Koeiman from second base. Tanner Dearman then had an RBI single to left field that plated Phillips. Wichita State would have a 3-0 advantage after Dearman scored from a Schmidt wild pitch.
Wichita State added four more runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend their lead to 7-0 over the Bears. Daniel Kihle hit his first home run of the year when he hit solo shot to left center with one out. Phillips scored after a throwing error by Justin Treece allowed Dearman to reach base. Casey Gillaspie then had a 2-RBI double, driving home Garrett Bayliff and Dearman.
The Shocker lead was pushed to 9-0 after a Phillips 2-RBI double to right center that scored Kihle and Koeiman during the bottom of the fourth inning.
Central Arkansas scored their first run in the top of the fifth inning after Charles Deckard was hit by an Aaron LaBrie 2-2 fastball with the bases loaded, scoring Chris Townsend and cutting the Shocker lead down to 9-1.
The Bears scored five runs on four hits during the top of the ninth inning to trim the Shocker deficit down to the 9-6 final score.
Wichita State’s next game will be against Connecticut on Friday at the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at 3 p.m.