WICHITA -- Jordan Cooper threw five scoreless innings in route to a new Wichita State University baseball record as the Shockers defeated Dallas Baptist University 6-2 Thursday evening.
Cooper set a new WSU scoreless streak as the sophomore from Berryton, Kan., held opponents without a run for 32 1/3 inngs before a solo home run ended the streak. Cooper went seven innings in picking up his ninth win of the season, allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight Patriot batters.
Ryan Jones delivered the big blow for the Shockers as he launched his ninth home run of the year, a two-run blast in the third inning scoring Will Baez.
Baez went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
The Shockers, who had scored two runs in the second and third innings, added two more in the fifth as a Preston Springer double brought home Cody Lassley with the first run of the inning. Springer later scored on Johnny Coy's second double of the game, a lined shot down the left-field line that made the score 6-0, WSU.
Dallas Baptist pushed a run across in the sixth on the Jason Krizan home run and then another run thanks to a WSU error in the eighth. Logan Hoch, pitching in relief of Cooper, kept the Patriot bats silent through the remainder of the contest as Hoch limited the visiting team to two hits and an unearned run through two innings pitched, striking out four while issuing only one free pass.
Brandon Williamson pitched a complete game for the Patriots and falls to 7-5 on the year.
Johnny Coy was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Springer finished the game going 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Shockers will take on the Patriots for game two of the three-game home stand on Friday, May 21, with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.