Courtesy: Wichita State
Shocks Drop Braves, 5-1
Courtesy:Wichita State
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WICHITA -- The Wichita State University baseball team moved to 12-7 on the season as the Shockers put up three runs in the fifth and added another two runs in the sixth in route to a 5-1 win over Bradley University Friday night in the first Missouri Valley Conference match-up for both teams.

Bradley falls to 6-10 on the season and 0-1 in the Valley.

Jordan Cooper pitched a complete game for the Shockers, allowing only one run on five hits while striking out four Brave batters.

Will Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two steals while Clint McKeever was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Starting catcher Chris O'Brien had a hit, run scored and an RBI in four trips to the plate for WSU.

Pinch-hitter Brad Kimball gave the Braves' their only run of the game in the top of the ninth with a solo home run.

Neither team was able to muster any form of offense through the first four innings as the Shockers recorded three hits while Bradley only notched one. Wichita State finally broke through against BU starting pitcher Patrick Cooper in the bottom of the fourth as Kevin Hall led off the game with a single and then moved to third on a ground out and a stolen base. Baez put the first run of the game on the board for WSU as a single up the middle scored Hall, with Baez later touching home plate on an RBI double by Ryan Jones. Preston Springer capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single through the left-side of the infield, allowing Springer to cross the dish with the third run of the inning.

The Shockers were not finished there as the home team tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning with O'Brien contributing an RBI double. The second run of the inning came into score on a balk.

WSU's Cooper was able to handle it from there as he held the Braves to only two hits over the next three frames to pick up his third win of the season.

Jones went 1-for-3 from the dish for WSU, with an RBI and run scored.

Hall had a hit and run scored in three at bats.

Patrick Cooper allowed all five WSU runs on nine hits in the loss.

The Shockers will match up with the Braves again on Saturday, March 27, as WSU hosts Bradley for a 2 p.m., game.

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