Shocks Down Spiders, 14-7
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:03/04/2007
Tyler Weber went 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI.
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WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State (10-4) takes the three-game series with Richmond 2-1 on Sunday afternoon with a, 14-7, win over the Spiders (4-6).

The Shockers pounded out 16 hits on the day with Josh Workman and Conor Gillaspie leading the way with three hits each. Damon Sublett, Matt Brown, Blake Hurlbutt and Tyler Weber also had a multiple-hit game with two a piece. Gillaspie and Weber drove in a total of eight runs, four each, while Workman contributed three RBI.

Reliever Anthony Capra (1-0) earned the win, going 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, although none were earned, on three hits. The sophomore struck out seven and issued no walks. Noah Booth and Tyson Fugett combined to shutout the last three innings hurling three strikeouts and giving up one hit.

The Spiders came out swinging as an RBI single from Joe Mahoney drove in Hank Coogan who had reached on a double in the previous at bat and put Richmond up early, 1-0. Starter Ian Marshall made quick work of the top of the Shocker lineup getting three consecutive ground balls to second in the bottom half of the inning.

Richmond bats remained hot as the Spiders extended their lead on four hits in the second .Back-to-back singles led off the inning and a sacrifice bunt moved both runners to scoring position. Victor Croglio fired one back up the middle for a single, crossing both runs. A double down the left field line easily scored Croglio, giving the Spiders a 4-0 advantage.

Weber put the Shockers right back in it with a three-run homerun, on a 1-0 count, over the left field fence. Gillaspie was on board with a single and Hurlbutt a walk, when Weber shot the homer to bring Wichita State within one.

Capra then shut down the Spider offense, going three up, three down in both the third and fourth innings, racking up three strikeouts in those frames.

Brown knotted the score, 4-4, with a solo home run to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the fourth. A Tyler Hill infield single and a Hurlbutt hit-by-pitch put two on, and Workman cleared the bases with a single to centerfield, giving the Shockers their first lead of the day, 6-4.

The Spiders responded in the fifth when Coogan singled for his third hit of the day. Mahoney was plunked to reach safely before Capra sat down Cameron Brown in the second strikeout of the inning. Vince Riggi hit a hard ball to right-centerfield and Hurlbutt made chase. The centerfielder couldn’t quite snag the shot and the error allowed both runners to score. A double to right field by Joe White plated Riggi, regaining Richmond a 7-6 lead.

Wichita State came thundering back in the sixth, taking a 10-7 lead they would not relinquish. Hurlbutt drew a lead-off walk and continued to second on a stolen base. A single by Weber brought the runner home, giving the junior his fourth RBI of the game. Workman walked and an intentional base-on-balls to Sublett loaded the bags. Gillaspie tripled to the deepest part of left-centerfield, bringing in three.

The Shockers weren’t through, adding four more runs in the bottom of the eighth, putting the game out of reach, 14-7. Dusty Coleman reached second on an error on a bouncing ball to third base. Immediately after, a ground-rule double to centerfield by Workman crossed Coleman. Then with two outs, four consecutive hits followed, with singles by Gillaspie and Hill scoring one each.

The Shockers are back in action next weekend as they play host to Penn State in a three-game series, beginning Friday, March 9, at 3 p.m. The game is a Shocker 3 O’clocker and all general admission tickets are only $3. The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. before wrapping up Sunday at 1 p.m.

-Wichita State-

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