WICHITA, Kan. – Dayne Parker drove in three runs and went 2-for-3 from the plate, including a two-run home run as the Shockers completed the sweep of the Bradley Braves with an 8-4 win on Sunday afternoon. The 8-4 win marks the 33rd consecutive home win over the Braves for the Shockers.
Bradley scored first in the top of the second inning when designated hitter Greg Partyka led off with a solo homerun just over the right field wall. Tyler Leffler immediately followed the Partyka homerun with a ground rule double and would score on a RBI groundout from Drew Carlile for a 2-0 Bradley lead. The Braves threatened to add more in the second inning after loading the bases with two outs, but Sam Tewes struck out Spencer Gaa to end the inning and the Braves threat.
The Shockers answered in the bottom half of the inning when Micah Green scored on a Daniel Kihle sacrifice fly to center and Garrett Bayliff’s RBI ground rule double scored Zair Koeiman to tie the game at 2-2.
Bradley’s Evan Gruener continued to two run trend with a two-run homerun to right field in the third. Gruener’s homer gave Bradley back its two run lead at 4-2 after three innings of play.
Dayne Parker tied the game up in the fifth after a two-run two out homerun over the center field wall. Parker drove a 2-0 pitch to deep center that scored Gillaspie as the Shockers drew even again at 4-4.
Bayliff and Koeiman gave Wichita State its first lead of the game with a successful suicide squeeze play. Bayliff squared around and laid down a perfect bunt as Koeiman broke to the plate and scored standing up for a 5-4 Shocker lead. The Shockers tacked on another run in the inning when Tanner Dearman came home on a throwing error by the Braves.
Parker singled to left in the seventh that brought home Tyler Baker for a 7-4 Wichita State lead. Baker led off the inning by reaching on a Braves fielding error, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Parker’s single. The RBI single by Parker was his third RBI of the game. Parker would score the eighth and final run of the game for the Shockers after tagging up and sprinting home on a Dearman sacrifice fly to right field.
Wichita State improved to 25-23 overall and 9-6 in MVC play with the three game sweep.