Courtesy: Wichita State
Shocks Overcome Early Deficit, Beat Spartans 7-6
Courtesy:Wichita State
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WICHITA -- The Wichita State University baseball team battled back from a 6-2 deficit to defeat the San Jose State Spartans 7-6 Saturday afternoon following a 1 hour 21 minute weather delay.

The win puts the Shockers record at 25-14 overall on the season while San Jose State falls to 14-23.

Cody Lassley went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for WSU while Johnny Coy had a pair of hits, including his fifth home run of the season, and two runs scored in three at-bats.

Travis Bennett was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the win.

Jason Martin led the Spartans with three hits in five trips to the plate.  Kerry Jenkins was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The visitors, as they did on Friday night, scored a run in the top of the first as a walk and an infield single put runners on first and second to start the frame.  A groundout pushed runners up a base and then another groundout by Sofranac plated Hertler to give SJSU the early lead.

WSU responded in the home half of the inning as Lassley singled home Erik Harbutz to tie the game at one.

The Spartan offense struck for two more runs in the second and three more in the third to open up a 6-1 advantage.  Craig Hertler and Jason Martin each had RBI hits in the second while Richie Johnson delivered the big blow in the third, bringing home Breyon Canez and Corey Valine.

Wichita State, which plated a run in the second, came back with vengence in the sixth as the Shockers scored three times in the inning as hits by Chris O'Brien and Coy put runners at second and third with one out.  Bennett drove them both home as he laced a single up the middle.  WSU was not finished there as Tyler Grimes singled through the left-side of the infield, plating Bennett.

A bases loaded wild pitch gave WSU its first lead of the game at 7-6.  A Bret Bascue sacrifice fly later in the inning increased the Shocker lead to 8-6 before relief pitcher Zack Jones was able to get out of the inning without allowing further damage.

Then the rains came along with the lightning that delayed the game for over an hour.  When the weather subsided, the Shocker bullpen took over as Cobey Guy shut down the Spartans over the next two innings, fanning three while allowing only one infield hit to notch his second save of the year.

Chance Sossamon, who pitched in relief of starter Tim Kelley, picked up his second win of the year.  He allowed only two base runners on a hit and a walk while striking out three in three innings of work.

O'Brien was 2-for-5 with a run scored.  Ryan Jones finished the game going 2-for-4 from the plate with a run.

Johnson ended his day with two hits in four at-bats including a run scored and two RBI in the loss for SJSU.

The Shockers will host the finale of the three-game set with the Spartans on Sunday, Apr. 25, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

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