WICHITA, Kan.- Four Shockers had multi-hit games as Wichita State defeated Northwestern 8-2 in the first game of their three-game set on Thursday night at Eck Stadium.
Cale Elam grabbed his sixth win of the season, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out four. Garrett Bayliff went 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI. Micah Green went 3-for-4 with two RBI and leadoff hitter Tanner Dearman went 3-for-5.
Luke Farrell took the loss for Northwestern pitching six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits. Kyle Ruchim went 1-for-3 at the plate with the only two Wildcat RBI.
The Shockers did not waste any time, as they got on the board in the first inning. Dearman led off the game with an infield single to third, stole second and moved to third on a Bayliff groundout. Tyler Baker then plated his 40th run of the season when he singled through the right side to score Dearman and put Wichita State up 1-0.
Northwestern scored two runs in the third inning on a Ruchim double that scored Walker Moses and Zach Jones and put the Wildcats up 2-1. Bayliff evened the score at two in the Shocker’s half of the third with a single that plated Micah Green who had led off the inning with a single of his own.
After back-to-back singles by Mikel Mucha and Erik Harbutz in the fourth inning, Parker Zimmerman brought Mucha across with an RBI sacrifice bunt that gave the Shockers the lead yet again 3-2.
Wichita State went up 4-2 in the fifth inning after Dearman hit his second leadoff single of the game, advanced all the way to third on a Bayliff single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Baker.
Green led off the seventh with a solo home run off the scoreboard in left field to stretch the Shocker lead to 5-2. It was Green’s second homer of the season.
The redshirt junior from Aurora, Colo. knocked in another run in the eighth inning with a two-out single up the middle that plated Zimmerman. Then, after an infield single by Dearman, Bayliff drove in Green and Zimmerman with a single of his own to right field.
The Shockers and Wildcats will play game two of the series on Friday at Eck Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.