WICHITA -- Home runs by Cody Lassley and Erik Harbutz helped to propel the Wichita State University baseball team to a 18-1 win over North Dakota University Tuesday afternoon in the 2010 home opener.
The Shockers, fresh off a 3-0 weekend at the South Alabama Tournament, kept their record unblemished at 4-0 while the Fighting Sioux drop to 0-1 on the season. The two teams will battle again tomorrow in the final game of the two-game set with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
Cody Lassley went 3-for-3 with five runs scored and an RBI. Tyler Grimes was the Shocker player of the game and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI while Clint McKeever had two hits in five trips to the plate with three RBI.
Jeff Bunch was 1-for-4 for NDU with an RBI in the loss.
Josh Smith picked up the win going five innings, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out three.
Remington Johnson pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out four, while Tyler Fleming and Chance Sossaman pitched an inning in relief each with Sossaman striking out the side.
Derek Biermaier allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits in five innings in the loss.
The Shocker offense put up four runs in the first five innings before exploding for a five-run sixth that featured five hits and a Fighting Sioux error. Lassley singled on a bunt and then came around to score on a Grimes double. Grimes was driven in by a Kevin Hall single and a throwing error. McKeever delivered the big blow for the Shockers, driving in two runners on a single up the middle.
WSU continued to pile on in the home half of the seventh and eighth innings as the Shockers combined for nine runs on nine hits. Lassley led off the seventh inning with his third home run of the season while Harbutz followed three batters later with his first collegiate home run to make the score 13-1.
Pinch-hitter Johnny Coy had a two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth while Walker Davidson had an RBI and came around to score on a wild pitch.
Harbutz had two runs scored and two RBI. Hall was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.