WICHITA, Kansas - - The Wichita State baseball team got off to a lead and held off the Evansville Purple Aces 5 to 4 Friday night at Eck Stadium.
Shocker pitcher Cale Elam improved to 5-1 this year. Elam gave up four runs and eight hits in 7.2 of work. Elam struck out six.
Garrett Bayliff was the offensive highlight in the contest with a 2-for-3 performance with two runs batted in. Micah Green was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Erik Harbutz was 3-for-3 and Tyler Baker went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Baker's double in the third starting the rally. Bayliff drove Baker in with a single to right. Bayliff later scored on a Casey Gillaspie single.
Green's infield single plated the final two runs of the frame putting the Shockers ahead 4 to 0.
Evansville scored three times to cut the lead to 5 to 4. Brandon Peterson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fourth save.
The teams play the second game of the series Saturday afternoon at 2. Game three of the series will take place Sunday at 1.
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