Baseball Championship: Wichita State 9, Evansville 2
No. 1 WICHITA STATE 9, No. 5 EVANSVILLE 2
WSU (40-18); UE (31-26)
WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State starter Tim Kelley pitched the Shockers' second-straight nine inning complete game en route to a 9-2 win in the late game to advance in the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Eck Stadium Wednesday night.
Four Shockers had multiple-hit nights, including Johnny Coy who hit his seventh home run of the season, while he had WSU's lone multiple RBI night with two.
WSU second baseman Will Baez got WSU started in the first inning with a single before he moved to second when UE starter Seth McCabe hit Ryan Jones. Cody Lassley advanced the runners with a single to left field to load the bases. Preston Springer came to the plate and got an RBI when he was hit by McCabe to put WSU on the scoreboard first with Baez crossing the plate.
WSU's Johnny Coy ground into a double play that scored Jones before Bret Bascue walked and Travis Bennett struck out swinging.
UE's leadoff hitter Eric Stamets singled to open the Aces' half of the first inning, while Greg Wallace flew out to right field. Stamets then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cody Fick scored Stamets on a groundout to second to put UE within one at 2-1. UE got its second baserunner of the inning when Trentt Copeland singled to right, but Nate Smith struck out swinging to end the inning.
WSU's Nate Goro doubled to left to open the second before Tyler Grimes struck out with a full count. Baez then walked, and a Jones single to right brought in Goro from second to put WSU up 3-1. With Lassley at bat, WSU used a double steal to put both runners in scoring position, and it paid off when Lassley hit a sac fly to right-center to score Baez for a 4-1 WSU lead. Jones stole second with Springer at bat, but the top half of the inning ended when he popped up to third.
WSU starter Tim Kelley retired the UE side in the second inning with a ground out, a fly out and a strikeout.
In the top of the third, Kyle Lloyd came in relief of McCabe and returned the favor with a ground out, a strikeout and a fly out.
In the Shocker fourth, Goro ground out to second before Grimes doubled down the left field line then scored on Baez' triple to the right-center gap to put WSU up 5-1. Jones' ground out to short and Lassley's pop foul to first ended WSU's fourth.
Kelley retired the side again in the UE fourth with two strikeouts and a ground out.
Coy put WSU ahead 6-1 with a one-out solo monster home run over the scoreboard in left-centerfield, his seventh of the season, to open the Shocker fifth. Bascue then singled to left, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on Travis Bennett's single to centerfield for a 7-1 WSU lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, UE got a leadoff walk from Heithoff who was caught stealing at second before Day ground out to the pitcher and Kuester ground out to short.
Lloyd struck out Baez and Jones, then walked Lassley before getting Springer to fly out to center in the sixth.
UE got on the board again in the bottom of the sixth when Wallace doubled down the right field line, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Fick's single to center to cut the lead to 7-2.
Lloyd kept WSU at bay again in the top of seven with two strikeouts and a groundout.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Kelley allowed one runner when he walked Heithoff, but sat down the next two Aces looking at the third strike.
In the eighth, Lloyd retired Goro and Grimes on flyouts and Baez with a groundout.
Evansville put two on in the bottom of the frame when Kelley hit Wallace and Fick singled with two outs, but Copeland struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, WSU's Lassley hit an one-out, ground-rule double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Coy hit a double to the right-center gap to score Lassley and extend the lead to 8-2. Bascue then also doubled to left-center to score Coy for a 9-2 WSU lead. UE then went to reliever Adam Culiver, who got Kevin Hall to ground out.
Kelley gave up a two-out single in the ninth, but retired the final out to earn the second-straight, nine-inning complete game for WSU in the tournament to improve to 11-2.
Wichita State (40-18) advances to play the winner of Thursday's 12:30 p.m., game (Missouri State/Evansville), Thursday at 7:30 p.m.