WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State (10-3) held on for a 3-2 victory over TCU (9-7) on Saturday.
Andy Dirks drew a lead off walk to start the Shockers’ half of the first and the senior outfielder took second with a stolen base. Conor Gillaspie wasted no time in extending his hitting streak, bouncing a single through the right side in his first at bat. The hit was good enough to score Dirks and moved Gillaspie to a 12-game stretch.
TCU responded in the next frame as Shocker starter Aaron Shafer struggled with his control. Steve Ellington singled to shortstop and advanced to second on a wild throw by Dusty Coleman. Shafer hit Hunt Woodruff and a walk to Chris Ellington loaded the bases. Shafer plunked Kervin to push across TCU’s first run, but a fly out from Clint Arnold gave the Shockers three outs and limited the damage.
Wichita State regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run single from Tyler Hill. Josh Workman led off with an infield single and made it around to third on a stolen base and wild pitch. Kevin Hall drew a walk and stole second, getting into scoring position for Hill’s hit through the right side.
With no outs in the top of the sixth Matt Carpenter and Steve Ellington hit back-to-back singles. Woodruff laid down a sacrifice bunt but managed to reach second as Shafer sailed the throw over the first baseman’s head and into foul territory. The error allowed Carpenter to score and moved Ellington to third. Shafer buckled down and got the next two batters. Ben Carruthers walked to juice the bases, but Kervin grounded out to first and stranded all runners.
Logan Hoch took over for Shafer in the middle of the seventh and completed the last 2.1 innings en route to the 3-2 victory.
Shafer improved to 2-1 with one earned run on eight hits and two walks. Shafer lasted 6.2 innings and struck out five.
Workman was the only Shocker with multiple hits, finishing at 2-for-4. Gillaspie and Hill combined for the team’s three RBI.
Wichita State and TCU complete the series with a 1 p.m. matchup Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.