WICHITA - Wichita State used a combined six-RBI effort from sophomore Chris O'Brien and freshman Walker Davidson to roll past the Bethany Swedes on Wednesday night, 13-5.
The Shockers (23-14) got a multi-RBI performance from four of their starters as O'Brien and Davidson led the way with three apiece. Catcher Cody Lassley and third baseman Nate Goro each drove in two to help the Shockers put up 13 runs on 11 hits. Starter Grant Muncrief (1-2) tallied his first win of the season while Bethany starter Kris Boele (3-5) took the loss for the Swedes (20-22).
Three hits and a fielder's choice got the Swedes off to a hot start in the top of the first. Bethany third baseman Evan Bloem sent a single to right to knock in a run, causing a Shocker error to give Bethany the early 3-0 lead.
Senior outfielder Travis Bennett led off the Shocker second with a single and freshman first baseman Johnny Coy followed him on base when he bounced a ground-rule doubled over the right-center field fence. A walk to senior outfielder Bret Bascue loaded the bases with nobody out. O'Brien took care of two of them with his two-RBI double to the left field corner. Davidson plated two more when he belted a single to right to bust open the five-run inning and return the lead to the Shockers.
Sophomore Chance Sossamon relieved Muncrief to start the fourth. Despite the rocky start, Muncrief finished his outing without allowing another run, while walking none and striking out three.
In the Shocker half of the fifth, Bascue kept his hot streak against lefties alive with a solo bomb (4) to dead center off Bethany reliever Bryan Wojkiewicz to give his team the 7-3 edge. WSU threatened another big inning in the bottom of the sixth. Davidson ledoff the inning with a double before sophomore shortstop Tyler Grimes was hit by a pitch. Senior Ryan Jones' single loaded the bases, but Bethany buckled down and held the Shocks to a sacrifice-fly RBI.
The Swedes rallied and even pulled within three in the seventh, but could not hold off the Shockers. An RBI-double from O'Brien and another RBI from Goro highlighted WSU's four spot in the bottom of the seventh to put the Shocks out of reach.
Junior Mitch Caster struck out the side in the eighth and the Shockers cruised to the 13-5 victory.
Wichita State stays at home this weekend for a three-game series agianst San Jose State. The first pitch is set for Friday night at 7 pm.