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
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
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.
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.
Despite three errors,
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.
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