WICHITA -- Jordan Cooper picked up his fifth win of the season while Cody Lassley doubled home the eventual game-winning run as the Wichita State University baseball team improved to 24-14 on the season following a 3-2 win over San Jose State Friday night.
The Spartans fall to 14-22 on the year.
Cooper went seven innings for the Shockers, scattering 13 hits while allowing two runs. The WSU righty struck out four batters on 109 pitches.
Lassley and Tyler Grimes were the hitting stars for the Shocker offense as Lassley went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Grimes was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Travis Bennett had a pair of hits in three trips to the plate for the Shockers.
Karson Klauer was 4-for-5 with a run scored for SJSU. Alex Sofranac went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the loss.
An RBI single to left-center scored the game's first run in the top of the first as Sofranac plated Klauer from second base. The Shockers tied it up in the bottom of the second and then went ahead 3-1 in the third inning as Lassley hit a double to right-center field, scoring Grimes, to put the Shockers on top.
The Spartans cut into the WSU lead in the fourth as Sofranac doubled on the first pitch he saw in the inning and then touched home plate on an RBI single off the bat of Kerry Jenkins.
Jenkins finished with a 2-for-4 line from the dish.
The game remained 3-2 through the top of the fifth thanks in part to a stellar defensive effort from the Shockers. A double to left-center field gap by Jason Martin brought the potential tying run in Klauer around third. A quick relay throw from Bret Bascue in to Grimes gave the WSU shortstop time to throw out Klauer at the plate to keep the home team on top. Kevin Hall, who entered the game as a defensive substitution, proved his mettle in center field as the first batter tested the speedy Shocker outfielder with Hall ranging deep into the right-center field gap to rob an extra base hit from Richie Johnson to lead off the seventh.
San Jose State did get the tying run on base to start the eighth but relief pitcher Logan Hoch entered the game and quickly extinguished any chance the Spartans had of mounting a comeback, striking out Breyon Canez on three pitches and then getting the next two batters on a strike out and a ground out to the shortstop.
Hoch then picked up his second save of the season as he breezed through the ninth inning on eight pitches.
Luke Mazzanti got saddled with the tough luck loss as the SJSU pitcher tossed a complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits to fall to 0-6 on the year.
The Shockers wil host game two of the three-game set on Saturday, Apr. 24, against the Spartans with the first pitch sheduled for 2 p.m.