FORT MYERS, Fla. – Wichita State earned its first shutout of the season with a 6-0 win over host Florida Gulf Coast in the FGCU Invitational.
Freshman starter Charlie Lowell threw five hitless innings to earn the win while striking out nine. Sophomore Grant Muncrief picked up his first career save with four shutout innings and five strikeouts.
Kevin Hall led the Shocker offense going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double. Taylor Brown, Cody Lassley and Ryan Jones also had two hits apiece.
The Shockers got on the board in the top of the fourth. After Will Baez walked and stole second, Clint McKeever earned a walk and a single by Cody Lassley scored Baez to plate the first run of the game. A wild pitch by FGCU starter Chris Sale brought McKeever home to give the Shockers a 2-0 lead.
An error in the fifth inning helped the Shockers add a few more runs. Taylor Brown led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Kevin Hall. After a one out single and stolen base by Ryan Jones, Chris O’Brien hit a ground ball that went under the shortstop’s glove with two outs to score two more runs and give the Shocks a 5-0 lead.
The Eagles finally got their first hit of the game in the sixth inning when Steven Wickens doubled down the left field line off reliever Grant Muncrief. FGCU did not take advantage of the baserunner as Muncrief got a flyout and a groundout to end the inning.
WSU added a run in the eighth. A McKeever single extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Lassley followed with a single. A walk to Brown loaded the bases and Hall earned an RBI with a bases loaded walk to score McKeever to make the score 6-0 Shocks.
The Shockers close out the tournament against Central Michigan on Sunday at 11 a.m. Central time.