Baseball snaps 11-game losing streak with series win over Memphis


Sean Marty / The Sunflower

Sophomore Chuck Ingram smiles after legging out an infield single during a game against Central Florida on April 23 at Eck Stadium.

Shocker baseball broke out of its 11-game losing streak with a pair of wins against the Memphis Tigers and claimed their first conference series of the 2022 season.

In the opening frame of game of the series, sophomore Brock Rodden grabbed the Shockers an early lead with a solo home run on the seventh pitch of the game. Continuing to build their lead, junior Andrew Stewart brought in his 12th RBI of the season off a double, scoring freshman Payton Tolle.

Rodden, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, extended his hitting streak with a single. Doubling their 2-0 lead, junior Sawyre Thornhill launched a two-run homer to dead center.

Despite their early lead, the Tigers responded with four runs earned in the bottom of the fourth. Battling to regain the lead, sophomore Chuck Ingram smacked a solo home run. Grabbing three more runs in the seventh, Memphis regained the lead and went on to win the series opener, 

Ingram was a part of a 14-hit attack as he drove in a career-high six runs, while snapping their losing streak with a 14-6 victory in game two of the series.

Memphis snagged an early lead through the third after collecting three runs. The Shockers went only four innings without a hit before they tallied back-to-back hits. Senior Garrett Kocis grabbed his sixth homer of the season with a solo homer off the scoreboard.

Throughout the inning, sophomore Couper Cornblum collected a single RBI bringing in Stewart. After Cornblum, Ingram continued to build the Shockers’ lead with a fly ball down by the right field line taking the 5-3 advantage.

The Shockers scored nine more runs through the course of the game, but Memphis only managed one, with the help of sophomore pitcher Cameron Bye. Bye finished the night with his best inning at the bottom of the sixth with a pair of strikeouts. He picked up the win, allowing five runs (four earned) over six innings with six strikeouts and three walks.

On Sunday, the Shockers grabbed the weekend series with a 10-6 victory.

The Shockers grabbed the first runs of the afternoon in the top of the fifth. To open their explosive fifth inning, Rodden brought in a RBI single. Three other Shockers brought in RBI’s to take a 5-0 lead.

For the first time in the weekend series, Memphis did not lead against the Shockers. They managed to only score in the bottom of the sixth and ninth innings, both with three runs. 

Up next, the Shockers take on Kansas State in the Tointon Family Stadium on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.