LAWRENCE, Kan. - Wichita State (21-3) defeated the Kansas Jayhawks (18-13), 7-3, to extend its winning streak to 18 games.
The Shocker pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts, with no earned runs and no walks. Tim Kelley (3-1) started it out with five complete innings, giving up three unearned runs due to a Shocker error in the bottom of the first.
Casey Larson reached as a ball bounced past second baseman Josh Workman. Robby Price laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to second, before Kelley racked up his first out on strikes. Buck Afenir kept the inning going with a single up the middle, scoring Larson. Ryne Price really made the error hurt with a two-run homer to right-center before Kelley got out of the inning with a fly ball.
Kelley did not let the hole rattle him as he soared past the Jayhawks, allowing only two hits and striking out four more over the next four innings.
Wichita State got Kelley off the hook in the top of the third with three hits and two timely groundouts. Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Hill and Kenny Williams, Jr., started the inning and plated one. Andy Dirks drew a walk and Ryan Jones bunted for a single to load the bases. Conor Gillaspie and Dusty Coleman followed with groundouts, but putting the ball in play allowed runs to cross each time and knot the score at 3-3.
The Shockers then began to chip away, one run at a time, to put a gap between Wichita State and KU.
WSU manufactured a run in the fifth after a lead off single from Williams came around on consecutive walks and a ground ball from Gillaspie.
Clinton McKeever doubled in Josh Workman who had hit for a single in the sixth and Tyler Weber doubled to bring home Coleman, reaching on a fielder’s choice in the seventh.
Logan Hoch picked up where Kelley left off, coming on in relief in the bottom of the sixth. The junior transfer allowed no hits and struck out six of the nine batters he faced in 2.2 innings.
Dirks walked for the third time in the ninth, advanced to second on a balk, third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on another Gillaspie ground ball.
The run capped the score at 7-3, and Tyler Fleming sat down three in the bottom half to quickly end the game.
Williams was the only Shocker to manage multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Gillaspie had one hit, but scored three, all on groundouts.
The Shockers host Oral Roberts Wednesday night at 7 p.m., before beginning a three-game home series with conference foe Missouri State on Friday night.