Shocker baseball can’t tame Wildcats

Sports Editor

The last meeting between Wichita State and Kansas State, it was not the most ideal ending for the Shockers to walk away from as the Wildcats blew the game away taking the win 20-11 on May 31 of last year.

Coming off a sweep by the Indiana State Sycamores, the Shocker baseball team went into the match against the Kansas State Wildcats with high hopes that the team could break the recent four-game losing streak. Despite a tremendous effort late in the contest, the Shockers were unable to overcome the tough Wildcats and lost 3-2.

The Shockers were unable to score a single run in the top of the first inning but during the Wildcats’ first attempt to put a score on the board, the team managed to gain two runs and bring the score to 0-2 at the end of the first.

Despite sliding into an early deficit, the Shockers were determined to make a statement in the top of the second. Dayne Parker managed to earn a walk off Wildcat pitcher Colton Kalmus. Micah Green landed a hit down the left field line and assisted Parker to the team’s first run of the game running the score to 1-2.

In the bottom of the third, the Wildcats answered back with a run of their own after Wildcat Tyler Stover struck a single right up the middle to help teammate Shane Conlon score for the Wildcats’ third run of the night.

Both teams hit a scoring drought following the Shockers’ single run score at the top of the fourth.

In that single play, Shocker Garrett Bayliff hit the only Shocker home run in the contest off the first pitch in the inning.

At the top of the seventh inning, the Shockers had the opportunity to tie if not take their first lead of the game. The Wildcats had walked top batter Casey Gillaspie and loaded the bases. Despite the chance to make a momentum changing play, the Shockers were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.

For the last chance at victory, the Shockers led off the top of the ninth in hopes of making a drastic change to the scoreboard.

Daniel Kihle stepped up to bat first for the Shockers and was hit by a pitch earning him an automatic walk. Gillaspie was next to bat and finally received a hittable pitch and struck it to center field to advance Kihle to third.

The Shockers were unable to advance Kihle to home after Chase Simpson was struck out and Gillaspie was caught between third and home and tagged out, ending the game and hopes for the Shockers.

Tonight, the Shockers are back on the road to take on Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.