No. 14 Missiouri State sweeps Shocker baseball

The Shockers added another series sweep to their stat sheet this weekend. This time, it came with three losses to the No. 14 Missouri State Bears.

Outscored 4-17 in Friday’s (3-8) and Saturday’s (1-9) games, the Bears proved their conference dominance at home. Sunday’s game would show the Shockers won’t quit, despite being down 0-2 in the series.

In the second inning, MSU took the early lead from a single to center field by Justin Paulsen sending home Jake Burger for the RBI.

The Shockers would have a chance in the fourth to get on the board. With Chase Rader and Taylor Sanagorski in scoring positions with only one out, MSU’s Jordan Knutson would deliver back-to-back strikeouts to close the inning.

The Bears would add another score in the fourth. Paulsen would score on a double to left field by Eduardo Castro putting MSU ahead 2-0.

With Trey Vickers on base, a homerun by Daniel Kihle would even the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning. MSU would call up their bullpen two times in the seventh to make sure WSU wouldn’t take the lead.

Then came the 10th inning, with bases loaded and one out, Paulsen singled to right field, sending home the winning run for MSU and bringing the game (2-3), and the series (0-3), to an end.

Sam Hilliard struggled swinging the sticks and ended the series just 2-13 at bat (but one of those hits went for a double).

This weekend should come as no shock to WSU fans. Playing on the road against a ranked opponent was an uphill battle for the Shockers before Friday’s first pitch was thrown. And as for the sweep, that’s been the pattern all year.

The next game will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Kansas State at Eck Stadium.