WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State scored nine runs in the first two innings and held on for a 9-2 win over Binghamton.
Starter Tim Kelley improved to 2-1 with the win, throwing five innings and allowing allowing one earned runs on two hits and a walk. Khol Nanney threw two scoreless innings of middle relief and struck out three of the six batters he faced. Justin Kemp closed out the final two frames, giving up one unearned run and one hit with two strikeouts.
Clinton McKeever went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Conor Gillaspie drove in three runs and scored two himself on a 1-for-3 effort. Ryan Jones, Dusty Coleman and Tyler Weber also ended with multiple hits.
Wichita State scored early and often, putting up nine runs in the first two innings. Andy Dirks drew a walk to start the Shockers’ first. Jones followed with a single through the left side and a walk to Gillaspie loaded the bases. Coleman delivered a single back up the middle, plating Dirks and Jones.
Josh Workman reached safely after Binghamton third baseman Brian Ivan misplayed a ground ball. Ryan Engrav got on board with a fielder’s choice that erased Workman but brought home Gillaspie. Engrav slid into second with a stolen base and Tyler Hill got a single as his hit bounced off the pitcher’s foot. The ball strayed into the hole between first and second, allowing Coleman and Engrav to cross home on the play.
Dirks again led off in the second inning, this time reaching on a single through the right side. Jones bunted for a single and Gillaspie blasted a three-run homer to right field. The homerun was Gillaspie’s second of the season. The junior has hit homeruns in back-to-back games as his first came on Sunday against Illinois State.
Workman reached on a fielder’s choice hit to third base and motored to second with a stolen base. McKeever traded places with the runner on a double fired down the left field line and the Shockers had scored nine unanswered runs by the end of the second.
Peter Bregartner led off the fourth inning with the Bearcats’ second hit of the game, a single to shallow left field. Ground balls from Joe Charron and Kyle Klee, plus a wild pitch helped move Bregartner around the bases and put Binghamton on the board, 9-1.
The Bearcats scratched out another run in the top of the ninth on a fielder’s choice and two Shocker errors, but WSU managed to get a third out and take the game, 9-2.
Wichita State will face Binghamton again Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Eck Stadium.