Baseball shuts out Salukis, fall short in series

Nick Beach

Cody Tyler pitched a complete game Friday afternoon in a shutout against conference rival Southern Illinois.

Tyler allowed four hits in his effort, and was backed up by eight runs of support in the series opener.

Wichita State claimed one game in the three-game series in Carbondale, Illinois.

Game 1:

Tyler’s effort throwing the shut-out on Friday earned the left-hander a victory for his third consecutive start.

WSU claimed Game 1 by a score of 8-0.

Tyler improved to a 1.80 ERA, allowing five runs in his last 25 innings on the mound.

Senior third baseman Chase Rader led the Shockers with three hits driving in one run on a second-inning single to score freshman first baseman Greyson Jenista. He also added a double.

Freshman outfielder Dayton Dugas also added two RBIs in two at-bats. Dugas has been continued to hold his batting average to .300 for the last two weeks, improving his season average to .321.

Sophomore shortstop Trey Vickers added two hits and two RBIs.

WSU notched the final six runs of the game, blasting pitches from Saluki relievers in the final two innings of the game.

Game 2:

Working down an early deficit, WSU tied Saturday’s game at five runs sending the game to extra innings.

SIU outfielder Ryan Smith finished knocked a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, leveling the series, a final score of 8-5.

Junior pitcher Zach Lewis started Game 2, allowing four runs through the of the Salukis’ rotation, he was pulled before ever completing a full inning.

Freshman Codi Heuer resolved Lewis’s duties, tossing six scoreless innings, giving WSU a fighting chance.

Freshman infielder Luke Ritter homered in the third inning, completing three hits in four at-bats. Ritter rounded the bases for two runs, and also batted in two runners.

Dugas and freshman designated hitter Alec Bohm added the other two WSU RBIs.

Redshirt senior John Hayes could not complete the save after pitching the 8th, 9th and 10th innings.

Game 3:

Freshman right-handed pitcher Clayton McGinness started for WSU in the final game of the series. McGinness entered the afternoon with an ERA of more than 6.00. In seven innings, McGinness used his arm sparingly, throwing 90 pitches in a little under eight innings pitched.

McGinness allowed two runs before being pulled in the bottom of the eighth inning for sophomore reliever Tyler Jones.

Jones allowed three more runs to cross the plate. On the other end, WSU had a quiet night of hitting, falling 1-4.

The Shockers dropped the second game in a row, falling in the series 2-1.

WSU fell to a 6-6 record in the MVC, and 16-27 overall.

WSU next travels to Manhattan for a game against Kansas State at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday; at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday they’ll meet again at Eck Stadium for a makeup game to complete the home-and-away series.