Shockers Take Two in Double-Header
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Junior Damon Sublett was 5-for-10 with five RBI on Tuesday.
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HILO, Hawai'i- Wichita State (3-2) downed Hawaii-Hilo (0-11) twice on the first day of back-to-back double-headers.


The Shockers took advantage of three Vulcan errors and pounded out nine hits to post a 7-3 win over Hawaii-Hilo in game one.


Aaron Shafer (1-1) led the charge on the mound, throwing five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out seven. Freshman Tyson Fugett and Dusty Coleman each went 1.1 innings in their first Shocker appearances. Noah Krol closed the final 1.1 innings, retired all four batters he faced and dealt two strikeouts. The senior earned his second save of the season.


Derek Schermerhorn, Conor Gillaspie and Josh Workman each had multiple-hit games. Workman went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Schermerhorn and Gillaspie ended at 2-for-5 and both had a stolen base.


The Shockers took an early lead and never looked back, scoring in each of the first five innings. With two outs in the first inning, Damon Sublett reached on an error by the second baseman and moved up with a stolen base. Gillaspie’s infield single drove the first WSU run home.


Workman led off the second inning with a single up the middle and Blake Hurlbutt followed with a walk. Tyler Weber laid down the sacrifice bunt, scoring Workman, and reached safely due to a throwing error. A ground ball from Andy Dirks pushed another across the plate, putting the Shockers up 3-0.


Workman was heard from again in the third inning with an RBI single that brought in Sublett from second. Hawaii-Hilo’s Dayne Ogawa put the Vulcans on the board with a lead-off home run in the bottom half of the inning.


Dirks was hit by a pitch in the fourth and brought around by a Schermerhorn single and sacrifice fly from Sublett. For the fifth inning, Matt Brown’s lead-off hit was plated by a Weber single through the right side.  


The Vulcans earned two runs in the bottom of the seventh after Christian Stephenson and Ryan Taiariol were issued free passes. Both runners were put into scoring position on a wild pitch and a double by Robby Mowers to left center field drove the runs in, cutting the lead in half, 6-3.

Wichita State was quiet in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before tacking one more on in the top of the ninth. Schermerhorn got on board with an infield single, advanced to third on a ground ball from Sublett and crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Gillaspie fired out a triple down the right field line, but Brown flew into a double play to end the inning.


Game 2


Junior Damon Sublett muscled two triples and collected 4 RBI as Wichita State moved to 3-2 on the season after defeating Hawaii-Hilo for the second time today, 11-4.


The Shocker bats seemed to have warmed up as Sublett went 4-for-6 in the night cap and also scored twice. Transfer Andy Dirks had a career high four hits in five at bats, one RBI, one walk and two runs. Derek Schermerhorn went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Matt Brown hit a double and triple in his 2-for-5 effort and after struggling at the plate in the first game, Noah Krol came back to go 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI sacrifice.


After 14 appearances in relief last season, sophomore Matt Smith (1-0) showed what he could in the starting role. The Wichita native went 4.1 innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks and struck out four. Senior Jared Simon came on for 3.1 innings of relief, giving up four hits and two earned runs. Noah Booth closed the door in the final 1.1 innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.


The teams made quick work of each other in the first innings, only managing two hits between them to keep the game scoreless.


A string of singles by Dirks, Schermerhorn and Sublett plated two in the top of the third and runners kept moving with a double by Gillaspie and a few Vulcan blunders to quickly propel Wichita to a 4-0 lead.


Hawaii-Hilo had no answer as they were retired in order in the bottom half of the inning and the only base runner allowed in the fourth was due to a Shocker error. The Vulcans finally managed to cross two after bases were loaded on a walk sandwiched by two singles. Michael Higa, in a pinch hit appearance, singled to center field, making it 4-2, but Simon forced David Chu to line into an inning-ending double-play without further damage.


Gillaspie’s sacrifice fly got one run back, driving in Sublett who was on third from his lead-off triple to left-center field.


Sublett’s second triple of the game and Krol’s sacrifice fly gave Wichita State added insurance in the top of eighth 8-2.


The Vulcans used a run of four singles to add two in the bottom half, but it didn’t cut deeply into Wichita’s lead.


The Shockers capped the long day off with a three-run ninth inning. Four hits, fueled by Brown’s triple to right-center field, left it at 11-4, as Booth retired the last three-of-four batters.


Wichita State and Hawaii-Hilo will conclude the four-game series on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with the second double-header in as many days, beginning at 4 p.m. CST. Both games can be heard on KNSS 1330 with Shane Dennis and Terrie Elliot calling the action.

-Wichita State-

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