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Shocks Defeat UNF 14-4 on Opening Day
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MOBILE, Ala. -  Wichita State scored 14 runs on 18 hits in the season opener to defeat North Florida 14-4.  It was the most runs the Shockers scored in a season opener since 2003 when they scored 16 at Hawaii-Hilo.

Preston Springer went 4-for-6 in his Shocker debut with two RBI, a double and a home run, while Cody Lassley also went 4-for-6 and Ryan Jones had four RBI while going 3-for-5.

Starter Tim Kelley earned the win and pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits and struck out four.

The Shockers opened up with three runs in the first with a little help from the Ospreys.  With one out, freshman Erik Harbutz walked and a sinlge to right by Will Baez advanced him to second.  Clint McKeever dropped a sinlge in to shallow right field to load the bases and then Preston Springer hit a grounder to third base.  UNF third baseman Sam Perry threw home but pulled the catcher off the base to allow Harbutz to score.  With the bases still loaded, Cody Lassley hit a ground ball to short to score Baez and a single to right by Ryan Jones scored the final run of the inning to put the Shocks up 3-0.

UNF's Andrew Hannon led off the third with a double, but Shocker ace Tim Kelley stranded him there with a strikeout, a fly out and another strikeout to end the threat.

The Ospreys got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with two outs.  Kelley walked Andrew Kameris with two outs and then back-to-back singles scored him to cut the lead to 3-1.

WSU opened the game up in the fifth-inning with six runs.  McKeever, Springer, Lassley, Jones and Harbutz each collected hits in the inning.  The Shockers added on two more in the sixth inning with a two-run single by Johnny Coy to make the score 11-1.

A Shocker error along with two hits and a walk led to two Osprey runs in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 11-3.  UNF tacked on another run in the seventh with two doubles off Shocker reliever Logan Hoch.

Tyler Grimes hit WSU's first home run of the season with a bomb to left field in the top of the eighth to give the Shocks a 12-4 advantage and Springer's home run and Jones' sacrifice fly in the ninth made the final score 14-4.

The Shockers are next in action on Sat., Feb. 27 against Eastern Michigan in the South Alabama Classic.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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