Shocks Down Golden Lions, 19-2
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WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State (17-5) pounded out 15 hits, while holding Arkansas Pine-Bluff (4-16) to three hits, defeating the Golden Lions, 19-2, Tuesday night at Eck Stadium.


Wichita State got on the scoreboard first, crossing two runs in the bottom of the second. Conor Gillaspie and Josh Workman led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Ryan Jones drew a walk to load the bases, and all runners moved up one on a passed ball. A sacrifice fly from Cody Lassley drove Workman in from third.


The Shockers added one in the next inning with another sacrifice, this time from Workman. The red shirt sophomore brought in Damon Sublett after the Golden Lions had loaded the bases on free passes.


Arkansas Pine-Bluff cut the lead to within one in the top of the fourth. Consecutive lead-off singles moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. A single plated one and a double steal made it 3-2.


After that, Wichita State really turned the offense on, scoring 16 runs over the last five innings.


Two homers for the Shockers, brought in four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jones was on board with a walk when Derek Schermerhorn blasted his fourth homerun of the season over left field. Sublett singled, to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, before Matt Brown homered to left center field, his third of the season, making it 7-2.   


Andy Dirks singled in Dusty Coleman in the fifth to take a five-run lead. Dirks then hit his first Shocker homerun in the bottom of the seventh, a shot that also crossed Jones, who had reached on a base on balls. A series of walks and errors led to two more unearned runs in the inning.


The eighth inning was an eight-run affair for Wichita State. Sublett, Brown, and Gillaspie all had RBI singles in the frame. The scoring was capped by a triple from Harrison Dreiling that plated two, and then the freshman advanced home on a throwing error by the short stop.


Arkansas Pine-Bluff committed four errors and managed only two runs on three hits.


Sublett led the Shockers going 3-for-5, scoring four runs with one RBI. Brown was 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBI and three walks. Dirks, Gillaspie and Workman also had multiple-hit games with two a piece.


Five Shocker pitchers made appearances on the mound with Matt Smith earning the win after four innings of work. The sophomore right hander allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out four. Wichita State’s pitchers held the Golden Lions hitless after that, with Max Hutson throwing two innings of relief and Khol Nanney, Ronnie Morales and Sublett each contributing an inning of work. The staff faced only three batters per inning from the sixth on.  


The Shockers take on the Golden Lions tomorrow, Wednesday, at 3 p.m. at Eck Stadium.


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