Shocks Shut Out Titans, 7-0
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:05/13/2007
Andy Dirks hit a two-out three-run homerun in Sunday's game against CSF.
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WICHITA, Kan.- No. 9 Wichita State (43-16) avoided the sweep by No. 25 Cal State Fullerton (31-19) with a 7-0 shutout of the Titans Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.

WSU ate up four Titan pitchers throughout the game, while the Shockers stuck with starter Anthony Capra for five complete shutout innings of work. The sophomore lefty scattered three hits and two walks, while striking out seven and making a back-handed catch that resulted in an out in the second inning.

Kyle Touchatt picked up his second save of the season with four innings of scoreless relief. The senior right-hander gave up four hits and issued no walks with four strikeouts.

Wichita State took its first lead of the series in the second inning of Sunday’s game. Conor Gillaspie hit one off of the wall in left-center field and came around on a single ripped up the middle by Tyler Hill. Titan third baseman Evan McArthur made a diving stop to save a double, but couldn’t come up with a play, as Tyler Weber reached on the base hit. Andy Dirks gave the Shockers a 4-0 lead with a two-out homerun to centerfield. The three-run blast was the junior’s third of the season.

The Shockers added one in the third after a stand-up double by freshman Ryan Jones. Again with two outs WSU came through, plating the run with a single back up the middle by Josh Workman. Hill followed with a single to shallow right field and the bases were loaded with an intentional walk to Weber. The runners were frozen, however, as a fly ball by Dusty Coleman ended the threat.

WSU never let up, scoring two more in the seventh to take a 7-0 lead. Derek Schermerhorn reached on an error by McArthur before CSF quickly accumulated two outs. Schermerhorn advanced on a stolen base and wild pitch, and the error became costly when Gillaspie bounced one over the right-center field fence for a ground rule double. Workman had an infield single just behind the first base bag that drove in Gillaspie.

Gillaspie, Workman and Hill all went 2-for-4 on the day and Dirks led the team in RBI with three.

Wichita State is back in action Tuesday night taking on Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. in Wichita.

-Wichita State-

 

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