WICHITA -- A grand slam home run by Preston Springer helped to cap a six-run fifth inning for the Wichita State University baseball team as the Shockers improved to 27-15 on the season following a 13-7 win over Oklahoma State University Wednesday evening.
OSU drops to 24-17 on the year.
Springer led a potent Shocker offense as the junior designated hitter went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and tied a career-high with five RBI. Will Baez was 1-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI while Ryan Jones went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Tim Kelley settled down after allowing three runs in the first inning to pick up his sixth win of the season.
Tom Belza had three hits in five trips to the plate for Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys jumped on top in the first inning as an RBI double by Kevin David pushed two runs across while the third run of the inning came home to roost on a sacrifice fly by Dean Green.
Wichita State tied the game in the home half of the second inning as Kevin Hall doubled to left-field, scoring Jones, for the first run of the inning. A fielder's choice RBI by Tyler Grimes and an sacrifice fly by Baez capped the scoring in the inning.
The Shocker offense, which had scored 22 runs against Kansas Tuesday evening, continued to run on all cylinders as Jones blasted his eighth home run of the season, plating Johnny Coy. Another run came across the plate in the fourth as the Shockers chased OSU starting pitcher Thomas Keeling after 3.2 innings pitched.
The big blow by WSU came in the fifth inning, all with two outs. A Baez double brought home Travis Bennett and Erik Harbutz with the first two runs of the inning. Baez and Grimes moved to second and third with Cody Lassley loading the bases after working a four-pitch walk. Springer came up and took the 0-2 pitch deep into right-center field to give him 10 RBI in the past two games.
The Shockers had hits in every inning but the first and 12 different WSU players had at least one hit in the game.
Lassley finishing the game going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Hall was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Logan Hoch pitched three innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two hits while striking out five.
The Shockers will now head on the road as WSU travels to Normal, Ill., to do battle with conference foe Illinois State. The three-game set will begin on Friday, Apr. 30, at 6 p.m.