Shockers Shutout, Drop Series to Houston

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Wichita State was held to just two hits and a .117 batting average on Sunday as Houston claimed the series with an 8-0 win at Wilkins Stadium. 

Ryleigh Buck and Neleigh Herring each collected a hit for the Shockers, while Hailey Martinez and Erin McDonald each recorded a strikeout. 

Houston got things started with two leadoff walks in the top of the first inning, scoring its first run off a wild pitch. The Cougars added to their lead off double by Savannah Heebner to make it a 2-0 lead, with a sacrifice fly turning into another run for Houston. 

The Cougars looked to strike again after another leadoff walk, but a leaping catch into the wall in center field by Asea Webber became the first of three consecutive outs that kept the deficit at three. Wichita State looked for life in the bottom of the second after Herring’s single and a Kaylee Huecker walk, but the Cougars came up with a strikeout to retire the side. 

Following a single and a double by Houston, the Cougars scored another run off a Shocker error in the top of the third. After a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice put runners at first and second. Houston’s Sarah Barker came up with a home run to right field that extended the lead 7-0. 

A one-out double gave the Shockers some life in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out, but Houston forced a fly out and a pop up in foul territory to end the inning. After another double by Heebner and a single, Houston came up with another run off an RBI single that allowed the Cougars to move ahead by eight. 

The Shockers looked to avoid the run rule, but Houston forced Wichita State into the first two outs in the bottom of the fifth and came down with a pop up after a walk to end the game. This is the second time since the Shockers joined the American Athletic Conference that Houston has claimed the series 2-1, claiming the outing at their place last season. 

With Buck’s double, she now has a six-game hitting streak, with her previous season-long being three games. 

Wichita State (20-11, 1-2) looks to get momentum back at home, playing No. 21 Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Shockers then play UConn for a three-game conference series starting on Friday.

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