Lassley Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam in Shocks 5-1 Win
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:03/28/2010
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WICHITA -- Cody Lassley hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Wichita State University baseball team battled back to sweep the series against the Bradley Braves Sunday afternoon following a 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference win.

Wichita State improves to 14-7 overall on the season and 3-0 in the Valley while Bradley falls to 6-12 on the year, 0-3 in the conference.

Lassley was the hitting star of the game for the Shockers, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI.  Ryan Jones was 2-for-5 with a run scored while Kevin Hall had two hits in four trips to the dish.

Jason Lelebijian was 1-for-2 with a run scored for Bradley.

The first eight innings of the game featured a pitchers duel between WSU starter Charlie Lowell and Bradley's Jacob Booden.  Lowell held the Braves to only two hits over seven innings of work with six strikeouts. 

Booden allowed one unearned run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Lowell exited in the eighth inning and the Braves went to work, scoring the game tying run as pinch hitter Brad Kimball drew a bases loaded walk.  WSU pitcher Logan Hoch was able to get the next batter on a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Following a scoreless bottom half of the eighth, the Braves looked to jump out on top in the ninth as they put two runners on with no outs thanks to a single and a Shocker fielding error.  Chance Sossamon fielded a comeback bunt attempt by Mike McMillian to get the lead runner at third on the next play and then got the final two outs on a strikeout and a ground out.

The Shockers then loaded the bases in the home half of the ninth inning as Lassley singled to right field and then moved to second on a fielding error by the Bradley pitcher.  Tyler Grimes reached on a infield single, loading the bases, but the Braves were able to pull out some magic around the infield as Kori Jensen got a ground out to first and then a 4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Braves went quietly in the 10th inning with Sossamon staying on the mound to finish out two hitless innings of relief.

Wichita State got a lead off single by Erik Harbutz and then another single by Jones to put two runners on with no outs.  A balk advanced the runners to second and third and following an intentional walk to Garrett Bayliff, Lassley belted the fourth pitch he saw from Jensen over the left-field fence for his sixth home run of the season.

Harbutz finished the game going 1-for-4 with a run scored for WSU.

The Shockers will now head on the road as Wichita State travels to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the WildCats for a single game on Tuesday, Mar. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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