Shockers continue fall success with blowout win against Seminole State


Morgan Anderson

Senior Ryleigh Buck tags out a Seminole State runner during their game Tuesday at Wilkins Stadium.

The Shocker softball team defeated Seminole State, an Oklahoma junior college, 16-4, in 10 innings Tuesday. With the win, the Shockers improved their fall season record to 5-1.

Wichita State fell behind early as the Trojans tallied a run in the top of the first inning. The Shockers responded in the bottom of the second as Ryleigh Buck and Adi Reese launched back-to-back home runs. 

WSU took a 3-1 lead and never looked back, logging three more three-run innings in the third, fourth and ninth. In total, WSU blasted five home runs in the contest.

“I thought we hit the ball so much better today then we did on Sunday,” Head Coach Kristi Bredbenner said. “Maybe we didn’t look great on one swing and we made some really good adjustments on the next swing, or the next at bat. I didn’t feel like we made the same mistakes that we made on Sunday.”

The Shocker offense was led by Buck, who went 2-3 with four RBI. Sydney McKinney was also strong in the lead off spot, going 3-5 with two doubles and two RBI. 

Bredbenner said she was impressed with junior pitcher Hailey Martinez, who relieved starter McKenzie Weber. Martinez surrendered just three hits in three-and-a-half scoreless innings.

“[Martinez] worked ahead. I think she threw 12 of 13 first pitch strikes. She kept the ball low in the zone,” Bredbenner said. “They’re a strong hitting team a lot of powerful girls with some good swings and she did a good job of maintaining their contact.”

The Shockers have two remaining fall games against Arkansas Tech and the University of Kansas. The Arkansas Tech game has yet to be rescheduled, but the KU game is set to take place on Oct. 11. 

WSU’s one loss of the fall season has come at the hands of Oklahoma State. Bredbenner said she’s excited to see how her team will compete in their final two games.

“We’re going to be looking to see how we can compete with another Division-I program,” Bredbenner said. “For me, it’s a much more realistic game for us.”