Baseball Jumps on MSU Mistakes in 5-1 Win
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Wichita State’s defense (32-9, 11-2) backed up Travis Banwart’s solid performance on the mound, turning a season-high three double-plays en route to the Shockers 5-1 win over the Bears Friday night. Missouri State (19-19, 4-6) was not so fortunate, as Ross Detwiler held WSU to two earned runs over six innings, but his defense fell short, committing three errors in a single inning that allowed three extra runs.


Banwart allowed a lead-off single to start the game then retired the next six MSU hitters.


Tyler Weber put the Shockers on the board in the top of the second. Conor Gillaspie reached on a fielder’s choice, as Danny Jackson was thrown out at second after singling on a line drive to center field to get on board. After Weber’s bat made contact with the ball, there was no doubt that it was going to be a homerun, sailing over the left field wall for the junior’s ? of the year.


After walking to lead-off the third, Damon Sublett reached third on a sacrifice bunt and ground ball, but was frozen as a second ground ball ended the inning.


Banwart walked Tanner Mattson to begin the bottom of the third, but then the Shockers started its double-play showcase. Curt Courtwright struck out and Mattson was caught stealing for the first double-play of the night before Ben Woodbury grounded out, making quick work of Missouri State.


The Shockers again threatened in the fourth as three consecutive singles by Weber, Josh Workman and Andy Dirks loaded the bases. The runners were stranded, however, with three strikeouts ending the threat against the Bears.


With one out in both the fourth and fifth innings, the Wichita State rolled up routine double-plays to face the minimum number of batters for the fourth inning in a row.


Three errors plagued the Missouri State defense in the top of the sixth, and WSU took advantage, scoring three to take a 5-0 lead. Gillaspie reached on an error by first baseman Josh Mazzola and advanced to second on a balk by starter Detwiler. An error by short stop Courtwright allowed Workman to get on board, then Dirks placed a single in right field to cross one. The right fielder, Nolan Keane, added to MSU’s defensive trouble as Workman scored and Dirks moved to second on the error and third on the throw. Dirks came home on a passed ball by Kyle Paul.


Wichita State’s bats were relatively quiet after that, getting its only base runners in the last three innings from a walk and a Sublett double down the right field line.


Kyle Touchatt took over on the bump in the bottom of the eighth and Ryan Mantle greeted him with a homerun to left-center field. The homerun, which was the first given up by Touchatt this season, broke up the shutout, making it 5-1.


Touchatt took control and retired the last six MSU hitters in order. Banwart ended with seven scoreless innings and four scattered hits with seven strikeouts.


Detwiler allowed two earned runs on eight hits in his six innings of work with eight strikeouts. Austin Todd closed the remaining three, giving up one hit, one walk and struck out three.


Several Shockers managed a multiple-hit game. Dirks went 2-for-3 with one run, one RBI and one walk. Sublett, Weber and Workman all ended at 2-for-4.


Ben Woodbury led the Bears, going 2-for-4 on two singles. Mantle had the team’s only run and RBI.


The two teams meet again tomorrow at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Kansas Now 22 with Bruce Haertl and Shane Dennis calling the action. Sunday’s game is at 1 p.m. Both games can also be heard through KNSS 1330.


-Wichita State-

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