No. 21 Shocks Take Both Against Bears
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WICHITA - Powered by a three-RBI day from junior Preston Springer, the Shockers won the second of a two-game series against Central Arkansas Bears on Wednesday afternoon at Eck Stadium.

Springer paced the Shocker (9-1) lineup, going 2-for-2 with a walk while Senior outfielder Ryan Jones posted tagged three hits on Wednesday.

Held to just two hits in the series finale, catcher Michael Marietta and left fielder Chase Huchingson recorded the only hits for the Bears (4-8).

Taking the sure route, senior second baseman Will Baez extended his hit streak to 12 games in the very first chance he got to lead off the Shocker first. Starting very similar to the night before, Baez kicked off the four-run first inning. Freshman third baseman Erik Harbutz singled behind to put another runner aboard before Springer pelted a double down the left field line to knock in Baez. Harbutz came home by means of the Clint McKeever sac fly while senior Travis Bennett did his job with an RBI groundout to the right side. After Jones drew the walk, sophomore catcher Chris O'Brien dropped a double into shallow left, plating Jones and giving the Shocks all the runs they would need with a 4-0 lead.

Mateychick found himself in a bind in the top of the third. The freshman right-hander walked the bases loaded without recording an out, prompting senior lefty Logan Hoch (2-0) out of the bullpen. Although he kept his no hits-allowed streak alive, Mateychick walked seven in his 2+ innings of work.

Hoch coaxed a groundball double play to end the inning after a groundout to the right side and a passed ball closed the gap for the Bears, 4-2, without the help of a hit.

In the meantime, Bears starter Clint Green (0-1) caught the walk fever. He pegged sophomore shortstop Tyler Grimes to lead off the Shocker fourth. Baez beat out an infield single before a walk to Harbutz ended Green's outing for Ethan McKinizie. Springer's sac fly drove in a run, but that's all the Shockers would get out of the threat.

In their next at bat, however, Grimes capitalized on an RBI opportunity when he drilled a two-run double down the right field line.

Down 7-2 heading into the top of the sixth, the Bears tallied their first hit of the afternoon. Catcher Michael Marietta drove a line drive into right for the only hit allowed in Hoch's four innings on the hill.

Right-handers Grant Muncrief and TJ McGreevy took care of the Bears for the remaining three innings as the Shocks took the chilly last game of the Shocker homestand.

The Shockers take off for California for a three-game series against Long Beach State starting Friday, March. 12.

-Wichita State-

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