NORMAL, Ill. - Wichita State won a road series at first-place Illinois State with a 5-1 victory in game three of the series.
Preston Springer went 2-for-4, while Kevin Hall had two RBI. Starter Tim Kelley earned the win. He pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out a season-high eight. Logan Hoch earned his third save of the season and pitched the final two innings and allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
The Redbirds got on the board first in the third inning. After a walk and a single to lead off the inning, Chad Hinshaw sacrificed the runners into scoring position and Matt Mirabal hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give ILS a 1-0 lead.
The Shockers finally got on the board in the seventh inning. Ryan Jones led off the inning with a walk and scored on a double to left field by Bret Bascue to tie the score at one. Bascue came around to score on a single from pinch hitter Chris O'Brien and a two-out single to left field by Cody Lassley scored pinch runner Nate Goro to give the Shocks a 3-1 lead.
WSU tacked on two more runs in the ninth. Walker Davidson reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout and advanced to second on a single by Preston Springer. A Redbird error loaded the bases and Kevin Hall doubled down the left field line to drive in Davidson and Springer to give WSU a 5-1 advantage.
The Shockers are next in action on Tue., May 4 when they host Oral Roberts. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.