WICHITA -- The Wichita State baseball team (9-8) gave up just five hits in the first game of a doubleheader with Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8-8) but the Golden Lions roared back to post 17 hits in game two, salvaging a split with the Shockers Tuesday night at Eck Stadium.
Wichita State took game one, 21-1, while UAPB responded with four runs in the final three innings to hand the Shockers a 10-7 loss.
Game One: Shockers 21, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 1
Clint McKeever led the Shocker offense in the first game of the day, going 4-for-5 with five RBI including a two-run blast that sparked a three-run sixth. Outfielder Mitch Caster also went 4-for-5 in game one, driving in three. Freshman Chris O'Brien hit his first career home run in a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with three RBI.
A total of 11 Shockers recorded hits as Wichita State scored 20 runs for the first time since May 2008 in a game against Missouri State. Chance Sossamon and Remington Johnson both posted their first collegiate hits, while Johnson also collected his first RBI as a Shocker with a single in the sixth.
Wichita State scored a total of 12 runs in the first three innings of game one, and nine more in the middle innings to pick up the win. Starter Bryan Flynn (1-1) picked up his first collegiate victory, giving up just two hits in five innings of work. Flynn walked three and struck out six in the win. Justin Kemp came in to work the final four innings to pick up the save, scattering three hits while allowing Arkansas Pine-Bluff one run while striking out two.
UAPB starter Willi Newton was chased after 2.1 innings of work, giving up 12 runs on 11 hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Kevin Edwards kept the Shocker bats quiet for the final 1.2 innings giving up just one hit and striking out two.
Game Two: Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10, Shockers 7
Cody Lassley went 3-for-5 and Clint McKeever drove in two, but the Shockers could not overcome four errors and a hot-hitting UAPB squad in game two.
The Shockers took a 2-0 lead after the first when WSU capitalized on three walks by UAPB starter Vince Newton. McKeever drove in a run with a sacrifice-fly that brought home Will Baez before a Chris O'Brien groundout plated Ryan Jones to give Wichita State an early edge.
UAPB answered to take its first lead of the series in the third, using a double from Jerome McCollum, a pair of ground balls and two Shocker errors to score three runs. The Golden Lions' first big inning of the day gave UAPB a 3-2 lead after three.
Wichita State got a pair of doubles from catcher Cody Lassley and freshman Taylor Brown to tie the game, 3-3 after four.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff chased Shocker starter Dalton Banwart in the fifth, after the freshman was saddled with three more runs and recording just one out. Banwart worked 4.1 innings, giving up six runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one. Just three of the runs charged to Banwart were earned.
Clint Maune came on to give up an RBI single to Earnest Horton sandwiched by a pair of strikeouts to end the Golden Lions rally in the fifth with UAPB holding on to a 6-3 lead. Max Hutson threw three pitches in relief of Banwart but turned the ball over to Maune after leaving the game.
WSU started the fifth with a pair of walks, but McKeever grounded into a double play that erased any rally Wichita State could pose, keeping the Golden Lions' lead at three runs.
Caster opened the Shocker sixth with a single down the right line and then went to second on an error by the UAPB outfield. The sophomore went to third on a fly ball by Lassley and came home a batter later when Josh Rosecrans ripped an RBI single right back up the middle to cut the Golden Lions' lead to 6-4. Taylor Brown reached on a fielder's choice, and the second UAPB error of the inning sent Rosecrans to third. Will Baez brought the freshman home a batter later with a fly ball to right field that put the Shockers within one, 6-5.
Tyler Grimes then singled to put runners on the corners and Ryan Jones made the Golden Lions pay, chasing Newton with a single to right that brought home Brown and tied the game 6-6, after six.
Newton finished his evening throwing 109 pitches in 5.2 innings of work, giving up six runs on eight hits while walking five and striking out two. Like Banwart, just three of Newton's charged runs were earned.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff regained the lead in the seventh after Gvona Turner took a 1-0 pitch from Maune to right field for a double before coming home after an RBI single by B.J. McDonley, giving UAPB a 7-6 lead. Ryan Jones saved a run with a great throw to the plate to get McDonley trying to score on a Lloyd Burchett single, keeping the Shockers within one.
The Golden Lions got a pair of singles to lead off the eighth and scored one off a two-out single by Matthew Pace off reliever Josh Smith, extending the Golden Lions' lead to 8-6.
The Shockers got back-to-back singles to open the eighth from Andrew Letourneau and Taylor Brown, but Baez stalled the rally by fouling out to first. Tyler Grimes flew out a batter later before Ryan Jones drew a walk to load the bases for McKeever, and the Shocker first baseman drew a walk to bring Wichita State within one, 8-7. WSU left the bases loaded after O'Brien hit a ball right to the first baseman sending the game to the ninth.
UAPB put runners on second and third with no outs thanks to a Shocker error, and the Golden Lions made WSU pay for the miscue after Burchett drove in two with a single to right that pushed the Arkansas-Pine Bluff lead to 10-7.
A collision between Jones and McKeever in the ninth provided a scare, sending Caster into right after Bascue relieved Jones of duties in left.
Cody Lassley gave the Shockers a chance to rally in the ninth with a one-out double but a pair of strikeouts and Taylor Brown's pop up sealed WSU's fate in game two.
Banwart (0-1) picked up the loss for WSU, while Vince Newton got the win for the Golden Lions, while reliever Cornelius Wyatt worked the final 1.1 innings to pick up the save.