Tyler Baker continued his hot hitting, Johnny Coy delievered a key hit and T. J. McGreevy pitched four sparkling innings in relief as Wichita State beat Iowa 5-3 Sunday in Little Rock.
The victory boosts WSU to 5-4, the first time it has been over .500 this season, finishing the Arkansas trip at 4-1.
Baker, who went 9 for 15 in the Arkansas trip, slammed his team-leading fourth double of the season to , to drive in Coy with the leading run in the third. After an intentional walk to Casey Gillaspie, Coy ripped a bases-loaded double to left-center to tie the game at 3. On the play, Gillaspie was thrown out at home.
McGreevey entered in the fifth with a runner on first. Jake Mangler greeted him with a single, putting runners at first and second. Keith Brand attempted to sacrifice but was ruled out when the batted ball hit him outside the batter’s box. The runners had to return to their bases which proved big since McGreevy uncorked a wild pitch that would have resulted in a run if the sacrifice would have worked. With one out and runners at second and third, McGreevy struck out Nick Day and Dan Sheppard to end the threat.
In the fourth, Blake Hickman hit a leadoff double and went to third on Eric Toole’s infield groundout. Iowa’s leading hitter Kri Goodman popped out and its second leading hitter Jake Yacinich lined out to second, ending the threat.
McGreevy retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth and wound up retiring the final eight batters he faced. McGreevy threw 51 pitches, 38 for strikes (.745 strike ratio). In 10 innings this season, McGreevy has struck out 11 and has not walked any.
Cody Bobbit went 3 for 5 in the WSU leadoff spot. On the trip, WSU leadoff hitters had been 0 for 16.
Notes: Baker is 11 for 21 in his last seven games (.524). . . .WSU has never lost to Iowa in 11 games. . . . Shocker pitchers continued to shine. In the last seven games, they have an ERA of 2.47, striking out 55 and walking just 17. . . . Things started badly for WSU when starting pitcher Drew Palmer hit the first two batters, who eventually scored on a two-out single. . . . WSU did not score an earned run off two Iowa relievers, who pitched from the fourth to the ninth, getting two hits. . . . On the trip, the Shockers got 53 hits, 10.6 a game. Of those, 17 were for extra bases (12 doubles, a triple and four homers. . . WSU will play host to Oral Roberts on Tuesday and Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Both games are at 3 p.m.
E — Hickman, Martsching. DP — Iowa. LOB — WSU 6, Iowa 9. 2B — Bayliff (1), Coy (1), Baker (4), Hickman (1). S — Bayliff. SF — Harbutz. SB — Bobbit (1).
WP — McGreevy, Martsching. PB — Baker, Sheppard. HBP — Goodman, Yacinich (by Palmer). T — 2:23.A — 115.