STILLWATER, Okla. - Wichita State advanced to its second-straight Super Regional with an 11-7 come from behind win over Oklahoma State in 10 innings.
Clint McKeever hit a grand slam in the top of the frame to break a 7-7 stalemate, and junior reliever Logan Hoch held the Cowboys scoreless in the final innings.
Truly a rollercoaster game, the score went back-and-forth all night. The Shockers scored immediately in the top of the first with an Andy Dirks single and a Conor Gillaspie double, but the Cowboys answered with two in the bottom.
WSU took a temporary lead in the second after back-to-back singles from Josh Workman and Tyler Weber. Tyler Hill laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position, and a Kevin Hall ground ball and a Dirks double each plated a run. OSU knotted it up in the bottom of the third as Anthony Capra struggled with control. On the other side OSU starter Luis Flores sailed through the third and fourth.
The Shockers took advantage of an error in the fifth, as Dirks reached on the misplayed grounder at second. The senior outfielder moved up on a wild pitch and Ryan Jones drove in the run with a single through the right side.
Oklahoma State got the run back in the bottom of the fifth, but a Weber homerun put the Shocks back on top in the sixth. The solo shot was the senior catcher’s seventh of the year.
OSU gained its largest margin of the game in the seventh. Donnie Webb was walked, signaling the end for Capra, and Jordy Mercer greeted Tyler Fleming with a two-run homer. A solo homerun by Matt Hauge followed and a walk to Rebel Ridling put McKeever on the mound. Three fly balls later the Shockers were out of the inning, down 7-5, and looking for runs.
A pair of singles in the WSU eighth turned up empty when Hill lined into an unavoidable double play. The Shocks kept fans on the edge of their seats as they came storming back in the top of the ninth. Kenny Williams, Jr., led off with a double in a pinch-hit appearance. Dirks singled through the left side, scoring the speedy Williams, and a Jones groundball moved the runner over to second. With first base open, OSU pitched around Gillaspie with a walk, and McKeever delivered the tying run with a single up the middle.
The bases were loaded with walks to Hill, Williams and Gillaspie in the 10th before McKeever came through with his game-winning hit.
Capra fought through six innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and three walks. McKeever pulled double duty, moving from designated hitter to pitcher in the seventh and gave up one hit in two innings. Hoch closed out the game with two hitless innings.
The Shockers advanced to Super Regional play at a site to be determined.