Baseball team opens season 1-2

Sports Editor

The Wichita State baseball team (1-2) opened its season Friday in Huntsville, Texas, in a three-game weekend series with the Sam Houston State Bearkats (2-1).

In game one, the Shockers and Bearkats were tied three-all going into the top of the seventh inning. The Shockers used back-to-back homeruns from juniors Jordan Farris and Daniel Kihle against the Bearkats’ one-run seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth.

SHSU took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on three hits, an error and two wild pitches to earn four runs and an 8-5 lead.

The Shockers failed to score in the top of the ninth, starting their season 0-1.

Game two was a different story. Junior Chase Rader led the Shockers on three-for-four hitting and two RBI and a home run.

With two runs in the top of the second and two runs in the top of the fourth, the Bearkats brought in three runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the game.

That’s the closest the Bearkats would come, though. The Shockers won the game 4-3. Junior pitcher Isaac Anderson pitched six innings, giving up three runs, and junior pitcher Sam Hilliard came in relief to pitch the final three innings, giving up four hits, but no runs.

Game three didn’t play out well for the Shockers. SHSU used a four-run bottom of the second to take a 4-0 lead. WSU had one run in the top of the third to cut the deficit, but the Bearkats earned another two runs in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

The Shocker’s two-run seventh cut the score to 6-3, but again the Bearkats scored three runs in the eighth to gain a 9-3 advantage.

The Shockers failed to score a single run in the ninth, ending the game with a 3-9 loss and moving to 1-2 on the season.

The baseball team will face Oral Roberts Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla., before coming back to play at 3 p.m. this Friday against Texas State at Eck Stadium.