WICHITA -- A bases clearing two-run double in the bottom of the ninth tied the game and an RBI single by Johnny Coy in the 11th inning gave the Wichita State University baseball team a dramatic 6-5 win over #11 Arizona Tuesday night.
The win puts the Shockers at 11-4 overall on the season while Arizona falls to 13-4 on the year.
Coy went 2-for-6 in the game including an earlier two-run single in the eighth inning. Preston Springer, who tied the game up in the ninth with a double into the left-field corner, finished the game with three hits in four trips to the plate with three RBI.
Tyler Grimes was 1-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored.
Cole Frenzel led the Wildcats with two hits, two runs and three RBI in five at-bats.
Wichita State looked to pull ahead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the eighth following the two-run single by Coy. Bryce Bandilla was brought in out of the Arizona bullpen and following a passed ball and an Arizona fielding error found himself in a bases loaded one-out jam. Bandilla worked around the miscues to get the next two Shockers on strikes and end the threat.
The following inning was not as kind to the Wildcats and Bandilla as the Shockers were able to capitalize on back-to-back walks to start the frame. Kevin Hall came up and sacrificed the runners to second and third to bring up Springer. The Shocker designated hitter promptly laced the first pitch he saw to left-field, scoring Grimes and Walker Davidson with the game tying run.
An inning later Coy followed with the two-out single down the left-field line, scoring Hall with the game winning run.
Hall went 1-for-3 with two runs scored while Davidson was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Cale Elam picked up the win in relief, throwing two scoreless frames while sitting down two Wildcats' on strikes.
Bandilla had the loss for Arizona, allowing three runs on five hits while issuing five walks.
The Shockers and Wildcats will finish out the two-game set tomorrow, Mar. 16, at 2 p.m. This is a time change from the previous start time to accomodate the WSU men's basketball NIT game.