WICHITA - Using another dominating pitching performance, the Shockers clinched their final Missouri Valley Conference series of the season, topping the Missouri State Bears on Saturday, 8-0.
After a stellar complete game effort from Jordan Cooper on Friday, Shocker junior Tim Kelley (9-2) threw a gem on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander also tossed a complete game, shutting out the Bears and striking out 10 while walking just two.
Offensively, senior catcher Cody Lassley led the charge, going 2-for-5 with four RBI.
Kelley was dealing through the first half of the game, racking up six strikeouts by the end of the fourth inning. The Bears starter, lefty Aaron Meade, hung in through the first three, allowing just one hit as Kelley had.
In the fourth, senior outfielder Bret Bascue changed that trend when he singled to deep right field to move freshman first baseman Johnny Coy to third. Senior outfielder Travis Bennett's single drove him home to put the Shocks on the board first.
An infield single from sophomore shortstop Tyler Grimes kicked off the bottom of the fifth. Back-to-back base hits from senior second baseman Will Baez and Lassley plated Grimes. Coy's long sacrifice fly to center sent Baez home giving the Shocks the 3-0 edge.
Coy's leadoff double in the eighth and Bennett's RBI to follow drove Meade from the game for reliever Blake Barber. Barber didn't fair much better as he served up a bases-clearing double to Lassley, highlighting a five-run eighth inning and blowing the game wide open, 8-0.
Kelley took care of business in the top of the ninth to finish his flawless start and pick up his ninth win of the season.
The final game of the series starts Sunday at 1 p.m. Shocker sophomore Josh Smith is scheduled to face Missouri State's Pat Doyle.