WICHITA, Kan. — Junior Johnny Coy batted in three runs and freshman Taylor Doggett led Wichita State with three hits in the Shockers' 9-4 baseball win against South Alabama Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.
South Alabama jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Shockers scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a lead they held the remainder of the game.
Wichita State ended a three-game losing skid, improving to 15-13 this season. South Alabama's record dropped to 10-15, as the teams split their two-game series.
Doggett finished the game hitting 3-for-4. Coy, Casey Gillaspie and Micah Green each had two hits for Wichita State.
Shocker pitcher Tobin Mateychick (2-0) got the win and South Alabama's Andrew Fonzi (0-3) was credited with the loss.
Tyler Coughenour's two-RBI single up the middle scored Green and Gillaspie for a 4-3 lead in the first inning.
Coy's homerun to right center in the second inning gave Wichita State a 5-3 edge. The homerun was Coy's fifth of the season.
Doggett scored on Coy's sacrifice fly to left field in the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead.
An RBI single from South Alabama's Nick Zaharion in the fifth inning cut the Shockers' lead to two runs, but that was the closest the visiting Jaguars would get on the scoreboard.
The Shockers added three runs in the eighth inning. Tyler Baker scored when Dayne Parker lined out to centerfield and Gillaspie's two-RBI triple pushed the Shockers ahead, 9-4.
The Shockers' March homestand continues with a three-game weekend series against Missouri Valley Conference foe Southern Illinois. The conference-opening series opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Eck Stadium.
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