Shocks Top Nebraska Wednesday Night
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WICHITA, Kan.- In the eighth inning, No. 11 Wichita State (27-8) came back from a two run deficit to defeat Nebraska (20-13), 5-3, in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.

Matt Brown took it to a full count before drawing only the second walk of the night for either team to lead off the bottom of the eighth with the Shockers facing a 3-1 hole. Danny Jackson singled to shallow left field and Conor Gillaspie followed with a double squeezed down the right field line. The hit scored Brown, but Ryan Jones, pinch running for Jackson was halted at third.

With one out, Josh Workman was intentionally walked to load the bases in hopes of a double-play ball. Instead, Tyler Weber unloaded a hard shot that hit off the pitcher and allowed for a base hit. Jones, not sure if the pitcher had caught the ball, hesitated at third, but eventually broke for home and slid under the tag to tie the ball game at three.

With two down and the bases still juiced, Damon Sublett delivered his first hit of the night, a single, perfectly placed in center field, bringing home Gillaspie and Workman to take a 5-3 lead.

Wichita State threatened in the first, but came up empty handed. With one out, Derek Schermerhorn reached on an error and Matt Brown blasted a ball to the left field corner that resulted in a triple. Schermerhorn twisted his ankle rounding third and never recovered, getting caught between the base and home for the second out. Jackson took a pitch to the right field wall, but DJ Belfonte was able to bring it in, stranding Brown at third.

Nebraska scored first, going up 1-0 in the top of the second. Shocker starter Max Hutson gave up a double to Craig Corriston that was sandwiched between to strikeouts. Thad Weber singled to score the runner, but was erased on the base path trying to steal second.

WSU gave the Husker right fielder a lot of work early. The Shockers strung together doubles sent to the right side by Gillaspie and Dusty Coleman to knot the score at one in the bottom half on the inning.

Hutson struggled through the third inning, giving up a lead-off single to Bryce Nimmo, who would eventually score after a wild pitch and a single by Ryan Wehrle.

The Huskers gained their 3-1 advantage with a run in the fifth off of reliever Kyle Touchatt. Nimmo hit another single, this time to the gap in right-center field and stole second. Mitch Abeita singled back up the middle to plate the run.

Noah Booth closed the last two innings and earned the win, improving to 4-1. The senior gave up two hits but struck out three of the eight batters faced.

The Shockers are on the road this weekend, taking on Southern Illinois in a three-game conference season in Carbondale, Ill.

Probable Pitching Matchups
April 13 — Travis Banwart (RHP, Jr., 6-2, 1.09) vs. Jordan Powell (RHP, Sr., 5-4, 3.40)
April 14 — Aaron Shafer (RHP, So., 5-2, 2.53) vs. Cody Adams (RHP, So., 8-1, 2.26)
April 15 — Rob Musgrave (LHP, Jr., 6-0, 2.44) vs. Shawn Joy (LHP, Jr., 3-1, 2.06)

-Wichita State-


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