WICHITA - The Shockers (13-7) endured the cold, the misty rain and a resilient Bradley lineup on Saturday and still came out on top, winning the second of their opening Missouri Valley Conference series, 11-8.
Senior outfielders Ryan Jones and Bret Bascue led the Shocker offense, each tallying three RBI on Saturday afternoon. Jones did so by way of a 2-for-3 performance while Bascue went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Clint McKeever went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI in the win.
Junior right-hander Tim Kelley (3-1) nabbed the win on the hill, scattering 10 hits and allowing four runs in his six innings of work.
Kevin Sullivan went 2-for-5 for the Braves with a run scored and three RBI. Mike Tauchman was 2-for-4 from the dish with a run scored and two RBI while Rob Elliott was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
McKeever delivered the big blow for the Shockers in the bottom of the first inning as WSU responded with a five-run first after the Braves jumped out on top 1-0 in the top of the inning.
The Shockers looked to put the game out of reach in the second inning as WSU plated four more runners, increasing their lead to 9-1. Jones and Bascue each delivered two-RBI hits in the inning for Wichita State.
Bradley came back with two runs in the third inning and added another run in the fifth. The Braves continued to battle back in the seventh inning as they cut the WSU lead to 11-8 thanks in part to a two-run home run by Sullivan.
Logan Hoch and Remington Johnson took over from there as the duo closed out the Braves to seal the win.
Nate Goro went 2-for-4 with an RBI for WSU.
The Shockers will look for the sweep on Sunday as WSU hosts the Braves for the finale beginning at 12 p.m.