Shocks Down Lions, 7-2, in Game One
Courtesy:Wichita State
Kyle Touchatt
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WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State (11-4) took game one of a three-game series with Penn State (2-6), defeating the Nittany Lions, 7-2, Friday afternoon at Eck Stadium.


A Cory Wine homerun led off the top of the second and gave the Nittany Lions an early 1-0 lead.

The Shockers came right back to match them, 1-1, in the bottom half. Tyler Hill drew a walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Tyler Weber chopped one to the first base side and the pitcher grabbed the ball and stumbled to the bag, getting the out but allowing the runner to score.


Penn State threatened in the third with the bases loaded, but a strike out and a ground ball double play got the Shockers out of trouble. A three up, three down fourth inning followed.


Wichita State took its first lead in the bottom half of the frame. Conor Gillaspie had a lead-off single to left field and moved up two bases on wild pitches. A sacrifice fly to right field from Matt Brown easily pushed the run across making it 2-1.

The Nittany Lions answered immediately in the top of the fifth. Matt Cavagnaro reached on an error by the third baseman and proceeded to steal second and third. A single by Joe Blackburn drove the run in, knotting the score at two.

Josh Workman had a lead-off single to start the bottom half of the fifth and motored his way to second on a stolen base. Damon Sublett extended his hitting streak to 11 games, poking a hit into shallow right field and driving the run across, to put the Shockers up 3-2.


The Shockers added insurance and opened up the lead with a four-run sixth inning. With one out, Blake Hurlbutt hit his first homerun of the season, a shot over the right field fence. Weber reached safely on an error and Noah Krol was aboard with a walk. Danny Jackson, pinch hitting, placed a double down the right field line to give Wichita State a 7-2 lead they would not relinquish.


Kyle Touchatt came on in relief in the top of the sixth and threw four shutout innings, striking out the side in the sixth and tying his career-high with six total strike outs. Rob Musgrave earned the win, improving to 3-0 on the season, pitching five innings of work, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and striking out five.


Workman went 2-for-3 with a run and Hurlbutt had two hits, one run and an RBI.


The Shockers continue the series with Penn State Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.


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