Runs pile up in final game of 10-game home stand

Nick Beach

At J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 43 days ago, Wichita State dropped to Oral Roberts, 6-4 for their second loss of the season. 

On Tuesday, Wichita State welcomed Oral Roberts into Eck Stadium for a chance to avenge the loss, and split the series. The Shockers crushed the bats en route to a 15-8 victory. Four different WSU players each hit a homerun; the Shockers notched 16 total hits. 

Freshman Connor Lungwitz recorded his second win of the season in his second start on the mound. Lungwitz pitched three innings, allowing three runs. 

The three runs on six hits were no concern to Wichita State, who scored seven runs in the first inning to jump out to a five-run advantage. 

The season-high hitting performance started at the top of the order with senior centerfielder Mikel Mucha, who had three hits in four at-bats. Mucha had a double, RBI, two scored runs and two walks. He recorded an .833 on-base percentage as the leadoff batter in the Shockers’ rotation. 

Senior first baseman Ryan Tinkham knocked one out for a homer of his own. He finished with four RBIs, but it was senior third basemen Chase Rader who stole the show.

Rader cleared the bases in the first inning with a grand slam into left field, scoring Tinkham, Gunnar Troutwine and Greyson Jenista. Rader finished with two hits and two runs and four RBIs’. he also got on base on a walk. 

“Jenista has moved into the third spot in the batting rotation. Tuesday he continued to show his worth, recording three hits in six at-bats. He had three runs and an RBI. 

Junior Tyler Gibson and senior John Hayes combined for three scoreless innings in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, stopping the Golden Eagles from climbing back into the game. 

Sophomore catcher Gunnar Troutwine and freshman outfielder Dayton Dugas each added home runs, adding to the 15-run effort. 

WSU next travels to Evansville, Indiana, for the start of Missouri Valley conference-play this weekend. Redshirt junior Willie Schwanke is expected to earn the start as the Shockers take on the Purple Aces at 6 p.m. Friday at Charles H. Braun Stadium.