No. 20 Shockers baseball beats Cowboys for the second time this season


Joseph Barringhaus

Wichita State’s Alec Bohm throws to first against Oklahoma State on April 4, 2018 at Eck Stadium.

On Tuesday No. 20 WSU defeated Oklahoma State 10-7 in their second matchup this season, but with more difficulty this time around.

OSU was the first to put up a run in the first inning and again in the third, with the Shockers not scoring until the fourth. In the first inning, the first three batters for WSU all struck out, and the team still struggled in the second.

In the top of the third, it almost looked like the Shockers had a chance at scoring when junior Josh DeBacker, who went 2-for-3, singled through the right side and then stole second. But, then two more batters struck out followed by a fly out to left field.

The fourth inning saw some more action at the plate. Junior Mason O’Brien flied out to right field on a sacrifice fly with an RBI, sending senior Gunnar Troutwine home.

Then DeBacker doubled to right center with an RBI for senior Trey Vickers to score, putting the Shockers even with OSU 2-2.

The game started to turn around in the fifth when the Cowboys had a home run, and then another in the sixth followed by a single, putting them in the lead 5-2.

However, the eighth inning came with better hits for the Shockers. Juniors Jordan Boyer and Luke Ritter walked. Then junior Greyson Jenista, who was 2-for-5, doubled to right center field with an RBI for Boyer to score at home.

Immediately after, junior Alec Bohm reached on a fielding error by shortstop with an RBI, letting Jenista and Ritter score, but WSU still had some catching up to do.

Luckily, the Shockers were able to score five more runs in the ninth. Jenista singled to right center with an RBI, allowing DeBacker to score. Then Bohm singled to center field with an RBI, letting Ritter score at home.

When Troutwine, who went 2-for-4 was at bat, Bohm stole second, and then Troutwine hit a home run out of left field with three RBI, sending Bohm and Jenista home, which had all put WSU in the lead 10-7.

WSU leads the NCAA with five grand slams this season. Bohm already has three and is tied for the lead with Matt Wallner from Southern Mississippi.

Bohm made it to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, which contains a total of 40 athletes in the nation. The top amateur baseball player in the nation will win the award which is presented on June 28.

The Shockers host UConn for their weekend series starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, then Saturday at 2 p.m. and finishing at 1 p.m. on Sunday.