After winning their first conference series of the season, the Wichita State University baseball team kept the momentum going Tuesday night, March 26, rolling to a 12-2 victory over the Omaha Mavericks at Eck Stadium, Home of Tyler Field.
Wichita State (12-12) is scheduled to host Kansas State Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.
Jordan Boyer led the Shockers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs, while Garrett Kocis compiled a career-best two hits, and belted his first career home run in the process. Luke Ritter added a triple and homer, and drove in a game-high three runs, and Ross Cadena posted a pair of hits.
Reliever Aaron Haase (2-1) earned his second win of the season after pitching three scoreless innings and tallying four strikeouts.
Boyer got the Shocker offense started in the top of the first, getting on base with lead-off double. After Hunter Gibson got on base with a hit by pitch, Boyer scored the game’s first run off a fielding error by Omaha. A single by Cadena scored two more runs and extended the Shocker lead 3-0.
A ground-out to first allowed a fourth Shocker run to score, with Kocis bringing in the fifth and sixth runs of the inning on a two-run shot to right-center.
The Mavs (14-6-1) plated two runs in the top of the third to trim the Wichita State lead to 6-2.
Following five scoreless innings, the Shockers’ offense ignited for three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Boyer blasted his third home run of the season — a solo homer behind the scoreboard in left field, increasing the Wichita State lead to 7-2, before an RBI triple to center from Ritter, and RBI ground-out from Wallace ballooned the WSU advantage to 9-2.
The Shockers extended their lead to 12-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Boyer plated the opening run of the frame on a sacrifice fly, before scoring on Ritter’s team-high sixth home run of the season — a two-run, round-tripper to left field.
Boyer had his 10th game of the season where he collected two or more hits, with Ritter extending his hit streak to 14 games and his reached base streak to 36 games dating back to last season.
The Shockers used five pitches and combined for eight strikeouts, only allowing six Omaha hits.
Freshman Calvin Marley made his first career appearance on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless top of the ninth.
Braden Rogers went 2-of-4 at the plate, while Breyden Eckhout hit his first home run of the season, leading the Mavericks.
Omaha starter Andrew Brighton (2-1) suffered the loss after allowing two earned runs and four unearned runs on three hits with one strikeout and a walk in one inning.