Baseball drops home-and-home against Kansas State

The Shockers were set to take on Kansas State at Eck Stadium on April 26, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The contest was pushed back to Wednesday, making for a back-to-back home-and-home two-game series, starting Tuesday in Manhattan. 

Wichita State dropped the first game 9-5 in Manhattan. In Wichita, the game also ended in favor of the Wildcats, who won 5-2. 

Game 1: 

Sophomore pitcher Chandler Sanburn earned a rare starting job for WSU on Tuesday. Sanburn pitched four innings for WSU, allowing four runs. Junior Zach Lewis took over the relief spot where he also gave up four runs. 

The Shockers would go on to lose by four.

WSU led 2-0 in the first inning, but then surrendered the lead in the bottom half and never regained it. 

WSU’s bullpen allowed one run over four innings. Senior John Hayes recorded a shutout eighth inning, pitching four pitches. 

Sophomore shortstop Trey Vickers scored two runs, having two hits in four at-bats. He hit his first career home run in the top of the fifth inning. 

Sophomore catcher Gunnar Troutwine also drove in two runs, one off a double-play in the first inning, and another with a single into left field in the ninth inning. 

Game 2: 

At home, freshman Luke Ritter took over the top spot in the batting order. 

Ritter notched a multi-hit game with a double in the early going.

Freshman Robby Evans started the game on the mound in a spot situation. He pitched two innings, allowing two earned runs on 42 pitches.

Another freshman took over in the third. Right-hander Codi Heuer lasted one inning, allowing one earned run before being relieved by Lewis for the second straight game. Lewis entered in the fourth. 

The Wildcat’s pitching unit retired 10 WSU batters through five innings. 

The top five batters in K-State’s batting rotation all hit above .300, each one recording a base hit.

Redshirt sophomore Chase Williams threw three scoreless innings. 

Vickers drove in a run on a single in the 7th inning to cut the deficit to two runs. A bunt by Ritter and a groundout by Jenista set up the opportunity for freshman third baseman Alec Bohm to score the tying run with two outs. 

Bohm grounded out to end the inning. 

Sophomore pitcher Tyler Jones retired the eighth inning with six pitches. Jones allowed another Wildcat run in the ninth; leaving the Shockers short three runs in the second game. 

WSU has a 16-19 record and will return to conference play with a home-series against Indiana State starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Eck Stadium.