WICHITA, Kan.- The Wichita State baseball team came back from four down to take the first game of a two-game set against UT-Arlington on Tuesday night at Eck Stadium. The win makes the Shockers 7-6 on the season.
Josh Smith pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out four in a no-decision effort. Sophomore Aaron LaBrie got the win for the Shockers, moving his record to 1-1 on the season.
Erik Harbutz went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Johnny Coy went 1-for-5, knocking in the winning run for the Shocks.
UT-Arlington got on the board first in the third inning on a single by Michael Guerra that scored Philip Incaviglia.
The Mavericks added three more in the top of the sixth to put them up 4-0.
The Shockers would get two back in the bottom of the sixth. Casey Gillaspie and Ryan Hege each walked, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on back-to-back singles by Dayne Parker and Tyler Coughenour, to cut the lead to 4-2.
It would be back-to-back singles that did it again for the Shockers in the bottom of the eighth. A single by Erik Harbutz scored Tyler Coughenour and Taylor Doggett. In the next at-bat, Johnny Coy would give the Shockers the lead for good when he singled to send Harbutz to home plate.
The Shockers will face the Mavericks again on Wednesday afternoon at Eck Stadium. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.