Shocks Run Rule Sycamores
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:03/24/2007
Damon Sublett
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WICHITA, Kan. - No. 11 Wichita State (20-5, 2-0) run-ruled Indiana State (9-9, 0-2) 12-2 in game two of a three-game series on Saturday afternoon. 

 

Tyler Weber was a perfect 4-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Damon Sublett went 3-for-3 with a walk, contributing 4 RBI and a run. Derek Schermerhorn also had three hits, three RBI and two runs.

 

Wichita State wasted no time, jumping on Sycamore starter Ryan Tatusko early. The Shockers pounded out five hits in the bottom of the first, taking a 4-0 lead. Josh Workman led off the offense with a single up the middle. Derek Schermerhorn followed with his fifth homerun of the season, a shot over center field. Damon Sublett drew a walk, but was caught stealing and Matt Brown went down on strikes to give ISU two outs. A walk to Conor Gillaspie extended the inning and three consecutive hits by Andy Dirks, Tyler Weber and Tyler Hill plated two more runs.

 

WSU starter Aaron Shafer retired the first five Sycamore batters and struck out the side in the second, pitching out of trouble as a walk and hit batsman were mixed into the inning.

 

The WSU bats kept rolling in the bottom half of the frame. Freshman Dusty Coleman hit his first collegiate homerun to lead off the inning, sending a ball onto the street that runs behind the left field. Workman singled, stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball from Schermerhorn. On a 3-0 count, Sublett sent one sailing into the wind, homering to right field, giving the Shockers a 7-0 lead.

 

Indiana State strung together singles by Sean Osborne, Dave Brumagin and Chris Schmidt to load the bases in the third. A Casey Martin ground ball scratched one across to make it 7-1.

 

Dirks was nicked by a pitch to lead off the bottom half. Weber brought the runner home with a double to the warning track in center field. A single from Hill and walk to Coleman loaded the bases. A grounder to second base by Workman crossed one, but Shermerhorn hit a fielder’s choice and Hill was thrown out at home for the Sycamore’s second out. Sublett then cleared the bases with a triple that reached over the center fielder’s head to put WSU up 11-1.

 

Casey Martin swung at the first pitch of his at bat in the sixth and homered over the scoreboard in left field to give Indiana State its second run.

 

In the bottom of the seventh, Workman was plunked to get on board and moved to second on a passed ball. Schermerhorn poked one into shallow left field to round Workman and enforce the run rule, 12-2.

 

Shafer earned the win and improved to 4-2 on the season, posting a new career high in strikeouts with 11. The sophomore right hander went the complete seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk.

 

ISU’s Tatusko (3-2) suffered the loss in 1.1 innings of work. The junior allowed seven earned runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking two. Matt Shelton threw 4.2 innings of relief, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out seven.Brian Gaas came in for the seventh and gave up the game-winning run.

 

Indiana State’s hits were spread among Brumagin, Schmidt, Martin and Osborne. Martin had both RBI for the Sycamores.

 

The conference series wraps up tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan.

 

-Wichita State-

 

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