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