Baseball taken down by Memphis, Houston to end season in Clearwater


Madeline Bell

The Shockers played the Wildcats on May 2 at Eck Stadium. The baseball team won the game with a score 1-0, Pennington being the runner who scored.

Baseball came into the American Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed in Clearwater, Florida — their highest seed since joining the conference in 2018.

The AAC Baseball Tournament is played in a double-elimination format, which means the Shockers had to lose two games before being out of contention.

The Shockers lost their opening match to No. 6 Memphis on May 23 with a score of 10-6. The Tigers maintained a steady lead throughout the game but were outhit by the Shockers 11-8.

Sophomore All-Conference first teamer Peyton Tolle opened up scoring for Wichita State in the first inning with an RBI.

Brock Rodden, the American’s Player of the Year, led the Shocker offense with three hits and three RBI.

Junior pitcher Grant Adler had four hits and five runs scored on him in the first three innings.

On May 25, the Shockers were up against No. 2 Houston. They went 1-4 against the Cougars during the regular season.

They lost 4-3, ending the season on a three-game losing streak. Wichita State trailed Houston 4-0 going into the ninth inning, but Garrett Pennington hit a long three-run homer to bring the Shockers within one.

Tolle started on the mound for the Shockers and allowed four hits and two runs. This is his third loss of the season, bringing his record to 9-3.

Baseball ends the season with a 13-10 record in conference play and 30-25 overall. Wichita State is not currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament.