EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Wichita State won the three-game series with Evansville by winning game three 17-2 in seven innings.
With the win, head coach Gene Stephenson collected his 1,700th career victory. He is just the second coach in Division I baseball history to reach that milestone.
Chris O'Brien went 2-for-5 with five RBI and a home run, while Preston Springer went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Reliever Cobey Guy earned the win after starter Charlie Lowell left in the first inning with an injury.
The Shockers opened up the game with a six-run first inning. With one out, Tyler Grimes walked, Preston Springer was hit by a pitch and Cody Lassley singled to left field to drive in Grimes. Bret Bascue then singled to left to load the bases and Ryan Jones was hit by a pitch to drive in another run for a 2-0 lead. Chris O'Brien then hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam, to give WSU a 6-0 lead.
WSU added two more runs in the second inning. After a leadoff walk to Grimes and a fly out by Springer, Lassley tripled to right centerfield to drive in Grimes and Bascue singled to centerfield to score Lassley for an 8-0 lead.
The Shockers increased the lead to 9-0 with a run in the fourth. Jones reached base on a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a single by O'Brien.
The Aces got on the board in the fourth inning. Cody Fick hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 9-1.
WSU continued to pour on the runs with six more in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 17-1 advantage. Travis Bennett hit a three-run home run in the fifth, while Springer had a two-run double in the sixth.
UE tacked on another run in the sixth to make the score 17-2.
The Shockers are next in action on Tue., April 6 at Oklahoma State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.