WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita State baseball team won its season opener, 4-3, over Fordham.
Sophomore Dusty Coleman led the offense, going 2-for-2, scoring one run and collecting two RBI. Tyler Weber was 2-for-4 with two runs and Andy Dirks had one hit and two RBI.
Back-to-back singles from Weber and Tyler Hill, in the bottom of the second inning, were the first hits of the year for the Shockers. Coleman followed with a double to right-center field to knock in Weber. Bret Bascue drew a walk, then Dirks popped a single into shallow left field, plating Hill and Coleman to take a 3-0 lead.
Fordham’s only base runners in the first five innings came from free passes, but the Ram offense finally showed some life in the top of the sixth. P.J. Como led off with a bunted single that ended starter Rob Musgrave’s no hitter. With one out, Rich Goulian reached on a wide throw by Coleman. An Eric Reese single scored Goulian and a double steal left runners at second and third. Relief pitcher Khol Nanney had early trouble with control and two wild pitches allowed the runners to score and knot the game at three runs each.
The Shockers answered in the bottom half of the frame after a lead-off double to deep center field by Weber. Hill laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runner and Coleman brought him home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Nanney faced the minimum in the seventh inning and Tyler Fleming came in to face six consecutive batters in the last two innings to earn the save.
Musgrave allowed three runs in all, but only one was earned. The senior gave up two hits, two walks and one hit batter, while striking out four in 5.1 innings of work. Nanney got the win and moved to 1-0 on the season with one walk and one strikeout in 1.2 innings.
Reliever J.P. Mack was tagged with the loss, allowing the winning run to score with two hits and four strikeouts in the last three innings. Starter Tom Davis went five innings allowing three earned runs on hive hits and three walks while striking out two.
The series continues tomorrow with the first pitch slated for 2 p.m.