GREENVILLE, N.C. – No. 18 Wichita State won its inaugural American Athletic Conference game with a 14-3 win over No. 16 ECU.
Alec Bohm went 4-for-5 with six RBI and two home runs, while Gunnar Troutwine went 4-for-5 with four RBI and a home run. The Shockers had a season-high 20 hits in the game.
Starter Codi Heuer went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
With two outs in the first, Alec Bohm homered to right-center to give the Shockers an early 1-0 lead.
Bryant Packard answered for the Pirates with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first to tie the score at one.
Trey Vickers led off the second with a double off the wall in left center and moved to third on a groundout from Mason O’Brien. With two outs, Gunnar Troutwine singled to left field to score Vickers and put the Shockers up 2-1.
Luke Ritter led off the third with a double off the wall in right center and moved to third on a single from Greyson Jenista. Bohm followed with a two-run double down the third base line to push the lead to 4-1.
Dayton Dugas led off the fourth with a single and scored on Troutwine’s home run to right center to give WSU a 6-1 lead.
The Shockers added to the lead in the fifth. Paxton Wallace and Vickers were both hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and O’Brien’s single loaded the bases. Wallace scored on a fielder’s choice by Dugas and Vickers scored on a single from Troutwine for an 8-1 lead.
Drew Henrickson led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Packard to cut the Shocker lead to 8-2.
The Shockers got the run back in the sixth. With two outs, Bohm walked and moved to third on a single from Wallace. Vickers followed with a single to score Bohm and give the Shockers a 9-2 lead.
Bohm led off the eighth with a single, moved to second on an infield single from Vickers and to third on a Pirate error. He came home to score on a wild pitch and Vickers scored on a single from O’Brien for an 11-2 lead.
Bohm’s second home run of the day, a three-run shot in the ninth inning, put WSU up 14-2.
Two Shocker errors led to a Pirate run in the bottom of the ninth for the final 14-3 score.
The Shockers and Pirates play game two of the series on Fri., March 30 at 5:30 p.m. CT and wrap up the series on Sat., March 31 at 12 p.m. CT.