WICHITA - On a special senior day where 10 Shockers were honored prior to the game, the Shockers received a brilliant pitching performance to defeat Dallas Baptist and sweep the series, 2-0.
Fittingly, the senior class led the way in the final regular-season game at Eck Stadium on Saturday. Senior reliever and player of the game, Tyler Fleming, threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Senior outfielders Travis Bennett, Bret Bascue and Ryan Jones were responsible for both of the Shockers' runs.
Sophomore Charlie Lowell kicked off his first start in nearly two months with a unique twist. Due to a wild pitch to put center fielder Ryan Enos on, struck out four batters in the inning as he found his groove after giving up a leadoff walk.
Lowell worked through the first three innings before his pitch count was up and Fleming took over with one out in the top of the fourth. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases, but Fleming killed the threat using a sweet third-to-first pickoff move for the second out. A comebacker to him was good for the third out, ending the threat.
The seniors took charge in the fourth when Bennett's singled in Jones. Bennett then got in a run down to give Bascue the chance to score from third and give the Shocks the 2-0 lead.
In the Shockers' next at bat, Baez drilled a line drive back to the mound. It hit Patriot starter Aaron Gilbreath and forced him to leave the game in the fifth.
Sophomore Grant Muncrief backed up Fleming's performance with three scoreless innings of his own to blank the Patriots for the 2-0 win.
Evansville's win over Illinois State on Saturday afternoon gave the Shockers a share of the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference title. The Shockers will enter the State Farm MVC tournament as the No. 1 seed on Tuesday.