WICHITA -- A six-run fifth inning and two home runs from Johnny Coy helped propel the Wichita State University baseball team to a 15-3 win over Tabor College Wednesday night.
Wichita State improves to 15-8 on the season while Tabor falls to 17-11.
Garrett Bayliff was named the Player of the Game as the freshman outfielder went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a career-best four RBI. Johnny Coy belted two home runs in the game and finished going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI while Nate Goro launched a two-run home run in the seventh inning and was 3-for-5 in the game with three runs scored and two RBI.
CJ Hendricksen had a pair of hits in four trips to the plate with a run scored and two RBI for the Blue Jays.
WSU starting pitcher Tobin Mateychick allowed three runs on six hits over five innings to pick up his second win on the year. Cobey Guy, Justin Kemp and Mitch Caster closed out the game for the Shockers and held the Blue Jays to only two hits over four innings while striking out nine.
Tabor strung together three hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead and then added two more runs in the second inning as the Blue Jays got RBI singles from Andrew Cook and Hendricksen.
Wichita State responded with a run in the third inning on an RBI single by Ryan Jones and then added two more runs in the fourth inning to tie the contest. The Shockers then broke through in a big way in the fifth inning as WSU scored six runs on five hits thanks in part to Coy's first home run of the season. Wichita State sent 12 men to the plate in the inning with Bayliff, Jones and Travis Bennett each tallying an RBI for the Shockers.
Bayliff continued his assault on the Blue Jay pitchers in the sixth inning as he laced an RBI single to left-center field to score catcher Chris O'Brien with the 10th run of the game. Bayliff then came into score with the third run of the inning on an RBI groundout by Jones.
The Shockers put three more runs up in the seventh inning on Coy's second home run of the game and a two-run blast by Goro, his second on the season.
Bennett and Preston Springer each had a hit, a run scored and an RBI in four trips to the dish for WSU.
O'Brien finished the game going 3-for-4 with four runs scored.
WSU will now travel to Evansville, Ind., as they begin a three-game set with the Purple Aces on Friday, Apr. 2, beginning at 6 p.m.