WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State (31-7) used a six-run fourth inning and a strong relief appearance by Khol Nanney to top the Kansas Jayhawks (25-19) in front of a crowd of 6,943.
Wichita State only scored in one inning, but it was enough to hold off the Jayhawks through nine. Five-straight Shockers reached safely before Kansas could rack up one out in the fourth. Ryan Jones led off with a single and came all the way around to score on a Dusty Coleman double to right field. Mitch Caster singled through the left side and Tyler Weber loaded the bases with a walk. Clint McKeever took one back up the middle for a two RBI hit. A sacrifice bunt from Taylor Brown was the Jayhawks’ first out, but the runners advanced on the play, putting them in the position to both score on an Andy Dirks single to deep right field. Jones legged out his second infield single of the inning, plating Dirks and giving the Shockers a 6-1 lead.
Kansas was on the board in the top of the third after a single to shallow left field by John Allman scored Casey Larson who was on board with a double down the left field line.
Homeruns by Allman and Tony Thompson pushed the Jayhawks closer, closing the gap to 6-4. Allman had a solo shot in the sixth, his fourth of the year, and Thompson hit his third of the season, a two-run bomb off the scoreboard in left field. Erik Morrison was on board with a hit-by-pitch for the homer off of reliever Matt Smith.
Nanney took over for the final 2.2 innings of the game, striking out five of the eight batters he faced. Nanney gave the Jayhawks no chance to cut the score any closer, giving up no hits and no walks, sitting down the last eight hitters consecutively.
Nanney earned his third save of the year, while starter Tyler Fleming improved to 3-1 with the win in the predetermined split.
Wichita State travels to Stillwater, Okla., taking on the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys Wednesday night. The game will be telecast live at 6:30 p.m. on Kansas Now 22.