WICHITA, Kan.- The Wichita State Shocker baseball team fell in the first game of a four-game set against the No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers, 8-3, on Thursday night at Eck Stadium.
Mitch Mormann pitched five innings for the Shockers. He allowed two runs on seven hits in a no decision effort. Foster Vielock took the loss for the Shocks.
Don Lambert went 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI.
The Shockers got on the board first in the second inning when Don Lambert hit a solo homerun over the left field wall to put Wichita State up, 1-0. It was Lambert's second homer of the season.
Purdue would answer in the top of the fourth. Kevin Plawecki scored on an Andrew Dixon sacrifice bunt, then, in the next at-bat, David Miller hit a double to right field to score Angelo Cianfrocco and put the Boilermakers up, 2-1.
The lead would not last for long. In their half of the fourth, the Shockers would tie the game at two when Lambert singled to score Johnny Coy.
The Shockers took the lead in the next inning on a Garrett Bayliff single that scored Tyler Coughenour, to put them up 3-2.
Purdue tied the game again in the next inning when David Miller scored on a Tyler Spillner single.
A five-run seventh for the Boilermakers would put them up, 8-3, and put the game away.
The Shockers will play the second game of the series against Purdue on Friday night at 5 p.m. at Eck Stadium.