Shockers Sweep Hawaii-Hilo
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The Shockers first home run of the season, a grand slam, came from Sophomore Conor Gillaspie.
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HILO, Hawaii- Sophomore Conor Gillaspie smashed a grand slam that broke a 2-2 tie and powered the Shockers over Hawaii-Hilo, 7-2, to sweep the four-game series with the Vulcans. Wichita State downed UHH earlier in the day, 9-2.

Matt Brown and Cody Lassley went 2-for-4 in the night cap, each with a single and a double. Brown scored two runs and Lassley collected an RBI. Gillaspie’s grand slam was Wichita State’s first home run of the season, earning the third baseman four RBI.


With the game knotted at two in the top of the eighth, the Shockers rallied with consecutive singles by Andy Dirks and Derek Schermerhorn. Damon Sublett juiced the bases on a walk for Gillaspie, who shot one over the right field fence to clear the bags and give Wichita State its first lead, 6-2.


The Shockers added one in the ninth when a Sublett single scored Noah Krol who had reached on his third hit-by-pitch of the season.


The Vulcans struck first in the bottom of the third. Shane Kessel drew a lead off walk and David Chu bunted for a hit. Back-to back Shocker errors allowed Hawaii-Hilo to take a 2-0 lead.


The Shockers struggled to figure out Vulcan starter Clayton Uyechi who struck out WSU batters eight times and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth.


Wichita State cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth after a lead-off Brown single. The junior moved to second on a ground ball and Lassley doubled off the left field wall to bring the runner home. The Shockers would tie the game in the top of the seventh, Brown scoring on an error by the center fielder, after reaching safely on a double.


Senior Khol Nanney (1-0) secured the win, pitching four shut out innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Anthony Capra, making his first start, went three innings, gave up one earned run on three hits, walked two and struck out three. Andy Womack completed the last two innings and held off the Vulcans with no runs on no hits and no walks, retiring all six hitters he faced.


Game One


Despite three errors, Wichita State out-hit Hawaii-Hilo 13-5 to come from behind and defeated the Vulcans 9-2 in game one.


Six Shockers had a multiple-hit game with two a piece. Damon Sublett drove in three runs and scored once himself. Andy Dirks and Dusty Coleman had two runs each and Dirks had one RBI.


Starter Travis Banwart (1-1) earned his first win of the season, going five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and struck out three. Kyle Touchatt struck out three in the same number of innings of relief, giving up only one hit. Damon Sublett’s 0.00 ERA remains intact with a perfect ninth with one strike out. 


Hawaii-Hilo jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. David Chu singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. A hit to shallow left-center field by A.J. Satele drove the run in.


Banwart sharpened up and retired nine consecutive batters over the next three innings.


Wichita State got on the board in the third and never looked back after taking a 3-1 lead. For his first collegiate hit, Dusty Coleman shot one to right field for a one-out triple. A Dirks single easily scored Coleman and a walk to Derek Schermerhorn put men on first and second. Both runners moved into scoring position on a double steal, and it paid off as Sublett hit a two RBI single through the right side.


The Vulcans got one back in the bottom of the fifth after a lead-off single by Peter Rodgers. The runner advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a ground out and crossed the plate on an infield single by Ronel Trias.


The Shockers responded and put the game out of reach by adding two runs in each the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.


With two outs in the sixth, Tyler Hill doubled to center field and Josh Workman drew an intentional walk to the open bag. It proved costly when Tyler Weber singled to right field, driving both runners in.


Wichita State took advantage of a Vulcan error and a walk when singles by Conor Gillaspie and Matt Brown brought home Schermerhorn and Sublett.


The Shockers made it 9-2 in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly from Schermerhorn and a Sublett RBI single. Coleman and Dirks crossed the plate on the hits after reaching on a single and hit-by-pitch, respectively.


Touchatt took control on the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rodgers was the only Vulcan to get a hit off the senior, a single to lead off the seventh, but the bases were cleared when Dayne Ogawa grounded into a double play. Touchatt retired the side in the eight on a ground out and back-to-back strike outs.


Sublett allowed the first two runners on in the ninth with a walk and hit batsman and the runners threatened at second and third due to an error by the right fielder. Sublett forced fly balls to the corner outfielders for two outs and took care of Ogawa himself to end the game unscathed.  


The Shockers are now 5-2 on the season and travel to Honolulu, Hawaii for a three-game series with the University of Hawaii (9-3) that starts on Saturday at 10:35 p.m. CST.


-Wichita State-


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