WICHITA - Sparked by two nine-run innings, Wichita State churned out 21 hits to overpower in-state rival Kansas on Tuesday night, 22-7.
The Shocker (26-15) offense was led by junior Preston Springer's 3-for-4 day and freshman Johnny Coy's monster grand slam to dead center. The duo tallied six hits and nine RBI on Tuesday.
The Jayhawks (25-18-1) were paced by shortstop Brandon Macias' three hits, the only Jayhawk to record multiple hits.
After the Jayhawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Shocker offense exploded, scoring 12 runs in the next two innings to fly past their in-state rival. Wichita State would tally 21 hits before the game's end, including three…home runs.
A throwing error put senior second baseman Will Baez on to give fellow senior Ryan Jones room to drive in the first of the Shocker run of the evening. Two outs later, junior Preston Springer singled and drove in Baez to give the Shockers a lead they would never give back. One more batter would end Jayhawk starter Thomas Taylor's (4-1) outing for reliever Wally Marciel.
In the meantime, Shocker starter Tobin Mateychick (3-0) found his groove, giving up just one run on three hits through four innings.
Marciel got into trouble in a hurry. Senior Bret Bascue led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. Two batters later, he tagged sophomore Tyler Grimes to load the bases with nobody out. Baez's sacrifice fly plated Bascue, giving the home team the 4-1 edge, and forcing Kansas to use its third pitcher in three-plus innings.
Reliever Tanner Poppe threw a wild pitch to his first batter in the bottom of the fourth, resulting in a run scored before Springer came through with his second RBI single of the night. With the bags packed, sophomore outfielder Kevin Hall picked a good time for his first triple this month. Hall cleared the bases to highlight the Shockers' first nine spot of the game.
Baez's second sac-fly of the inning scored the final run of the fourth, putting the Shocks on top, 12-1.
Bombs from Bascue and Springer pushed the already sizable Shocker lead, but freshman Johnny Coy crushed a grand slam to top them all for another nine-run inning in the bottom of the sixth.
Mateychick's evening was finished after that, as he surrendered just two runs on five hits in his six innings on the mound.
The Shockers are in action again on Wednesday when they play host to another Big 12-rival, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Game time is set for 7 p.m.