WICHITA - The Shockers connected for three home runs to overpower the Dallas Baptist Patriots in the second game of the series, 10-6.
The Shocker seniors shined on Friday night as Ryan Jones, Bret Bascue and Cody Lassley all homered, racking up all nine of the Shockers' RBI. Junior right-hander Tim Kelley (10-2) allowed five runs while striking out nine to pick up his 10th win of the season.
For the Patriots, shortstop Austin Elkins set the pace with a 3-for-4 day while teammate Duncan McAlpine knocked out the only Patriot homerun of the game. Ryan Millard (4-2) took the loss for Dallas Baptist.
Lassley rewarded fellow senior Will Baez's leadoff double with a bomb to left, giving the Shockers the 2-0 lead just three batters into the game. An error on Bascue's groundball to the left side allowed designated hitter Preston Springer to score after he blasted the second double of the inning.
Right fielder Josh Wilson struck first for the Patriots. His single turned into a run in the top of the third when first baseman Tyler Robbins drove him in with a single to left.
Although the Shocker offense quieted for the next three innings, Lassley sparked another scoring rally in the fifth. Baez and Jones got onboard with a pair of singles. Lassley crushed a double to the left field corner, driving them both in to put his team up, 5-1.
Lassley's work was washed out in the following inning when the Patriots used a big two-run shot from McAlpine to highlight a four spot in the sixth to tie the game, 5-5, and finish Kelley's outing.
The Shocks came roaring right back in their next at bat. Millard gave up a single to senior first baseman Clint McKeever and put sophomore third baseman Chris O'Brien on with a walk to end his night. Jones was there to welcome reliever Stuart Pudenz to the game, taking him yard and returning the lead for the last time to the Shockers, 8-5.
Early in the game, Bascue tagged a long fly ball to left field only to be robbed by left fielder Jason Krizan's leaping catch. Krizan; however, had no hope of getting to Bascue's long ball in the seventh. His seventh home run of the season cleared the scoreboard and put the Shockers ahead, 10-5.
Reliever Cobey Guy would allow one more DBU run in the ninth, but it wasn't enough for the comeback as WSU notched the win, 10-6.
Sophomore Charlie Lowell will make his first start since April 4 on Saturday's series finale and the last regular-season home game of the year. Senior day honors and recognitions will begin at 1:45 p.m. with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.