WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State extended its winning streak to three with a 5-3 victory over Nebraska-Omaha Wednesday afternoon at Eck Stadium.
Zach Beringer went five innings to pick up the victory in his first start of the season striking out eight Maverick batters. Taylor Doggett went 3-for-4 scoring two runs to pace the Shockers at the plate.
Wichita State (7-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning beginning with Casey Gillaspie's one-out sacrifice fly to right field plating leadoff hitter Daniel Kihle from third. Erik Harbutz followed two batters later with an RBI single that careened off the outstretched glove of the Nebraska-Omaha third baseman into shallow left center scoring Doggett. Johnny Coy then scored with two outs on a wild pitch from Maverick starter Cole Volkers.
Nebraska-Omaha's Conner Messinger two-out double down the right field line scored Tyler Splichal from second base to narrow the Shocker lead to 3-1.
The Shockers answered right back to extend the lead to 4-1 with Gillaspie picking up his second RBI of the game on a four-pitch bases loaded walk scoring Tanner Kirk. Doggett scored three pitches later on a double play off the bat of Johnny Coy to make it 5-1.
Nebraska-Omaha (0-4) picked up a run in the top of the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Splichal, but had their comeback bid spoiled when Shocker reliever T.J. McGreevy picked off Splichal leading off of first with the bases still loaded before throwing a single pitch. Splichal attempted to prolong the rundown by running to second but was tagged out by Gillaspie trailing from first. During the rundown Alex Mortensen attempted to score from third but was tagged out by Gillaspie at home plate after four different Shockers touched the baseball to end the inning.
The Mavericks added one run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single to left from pinch-hitter Brett Miller but Brandon Peterson retired the final two batters of the game to pick up his third save of the season.
The Shockers open a three-game series Friday against Texas-Pan American at 3 p.m. as they continue their seven-game home stand.