Senior Danny Jackson had five RBI in Saturday's 10-7 win over SIU.
CARBONDALE, Ill.- Wichita State (28-9, 8-2) and Southern Illinois (23-10, 4-3) exploded at the plate, collecting a combined 27 hits when the two teams finally met in the series opener Saturday in Carbondale, Ill. The Salukis out-hit the Shockers, 15-12, but Wichita State came out on top with a 10-7 win.
Senior Danny Jackson led the Shockers, going 2-for-4, with a run and five RBI. Damon Sublett and Andy Dirks each had two hits on the day.
The Shockers led the entire game, but had to continually fight off the Southern Illinois offense. Starter Travis Banwart had a short day, struggling through 3.1 innings and allowing six earned runs on 10 hits. Anthony Capra (3-0) contributed 3.1 innings of relief, giving up one earned run on five hits and earning the win. Noah Krol closed with 2.1 scoreless innings and earned his eighth save of the year.
WSU jumped to an early four run lead in the top of the first. Andy Dirks doubled to left field and scored on a single from Matt Brown. Jackson homered to left-center field, bringing in Brown and Gillaspie, who had walked.
The Salukis got one back in the bottom half with Mark Kelly driving in a run with a hit up the middle.
Southern Illinois came within one in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Scott Elmendorf doubled in Aaron Roberts and Dean Cademartori, who had both reached on base hits.
That lit a fire under the WSU offense, as the Shockers started the top of the fourth with three consecutive hits. Tyler Weber doubled to left-center, Tyler Hill singled up the middle and Dusty Coleman drove in one with a hit to left field. Hill and Coleman advanced to second and third on a double steal, putting them both in position to score on a Dirks single to go ahead, 7-3.
The Salukis, however, came back with three runs of their own to cut it down to 7-6. WSU couldn’t get an out as five consecutive singles plated two runs and a third scored on a fielder’s choice.
Wichita State opened the score to 10-6 in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Hill led off the inning with a walk and Dusty Coleman laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner. Hill came home with a line shot to left field from Damon Sublett. Andy Dirks reached safely on a Saluki error and Matt Brown loaded the bases with a walk. Jackson brought in two more with a base hit that hopped by the third baseman.
The Salukis loaded the bases in the seventh, but only managed one run, helped by two sacrifice hits, to make it 10-7. WSU’s Krol came in for the last batter in the inning, deflecting a ball to the short stop who threw to first for the final out.
The two teams will try to squeeze in a double header Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for noon.