WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State swept a doubleheader with North Dakota State by scores of 14-5 and 9-0 to sweep the weekend series.
In the first game, freshman Josh Rosecrans went 3-for-6 with an RBI and three doubles, while Kevin Hall, Will Baez, Ryan Jones, Chris O’Brien, Clint McKeever and Taylor Brown each had two hits. Starter Charlie Lowell earned the win going five innings and giving up no runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
The Shockers jumped on the board in the first inning. Hall led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Baez. Hall scored on a single by Jones to give WSU a 1-0 lead. In the fifth inning, Brown singled to left center to drive in Rosecrans who had reached with a double. The Shockers added one more on a Baez single to put WSU up 3-0.
WSU plated four more in the sixth to go up 7-0, but NDSU answered back with five in the seventh to cut the lead to 7-5. An O’Brien double in the seventh brought home the Shockers’ eighth run and a six-run eighth inning put the game out of reach as WSU won 14-5.
In game two, the Shockers wasted no time in racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Hall led off with a single and Baez was hit by a pitch before Jones doubled in Hall. With two outs, McKeever singled to score two more.
Bret Bascue opened the second inning with an infield single and scored on a passed ball to tack on another run. A groundout by Jones brought home Hall who had reached on a fielders choice to give the Shocks a 5-0 advantage.
Tyler Grimes’ first career hit drove in Taylor Gilmore in the sixth for the sixth run of the game for WSU and after Lassley scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, Grimes doubled in two more for a 9-0 Shocker lead. Grimes went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game, while McKeever went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Starter Jordan Cooper threw seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits while striking out eight.
The Shockers are next in action on Mon., March 2 when they host BYU at 3 p.m. at Eck Stadium.