WICHITA, Kan. – Tanner Dearman singled in the ninth that scored Joe Haddox as Wichita State defeated No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Eck Stadium. Casey Gillaspie led the Shockers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Cale Elam went the distance to earn the win as he struck out eight and gave up two runs on four hits.
Cal State Fullerton took an early 1-0 advantage when J.D. Davis hit a RBI-double to score Austin Diemer from first base.
The Shockers answered the Titan run in the top of the first with two in the bottom half of the first. Gillaspie hit a two run bomb over the right field wall for his fifth home run of the season, that scored Dearman to give Wichita State an early 2-1 lead.
Greg Velazquez hit his third home run of the season for No. 9 Cal State Fullerton to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth.
Elam and Cal State Fullerton starter Phil Bickford took control during the middle innings as no runs were scored from the fifth inning to the ninth inning.
Wichita State threatened in the seventh, when Dearman singled with one out and moved to second on a Bickford balk. Gillaspie was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second but Dearman was thrown out at third to end the inning.
In the ninth, Joe Haddox drew a one out walk and Cody Bobbit was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for the Shockers with Dearman coming to the plate. Dearman took a one-one pitch and singled up the middle as Haddox beat the throw to the plate to score the game-winning run.
The Shockers and Titans wrap up the series on Sun., March 30 at 1 p.m. at Eck Stadium.