Wichita States baseball team would really be on a hot streak if it had held a five-run lead a week ago against Kansas State
The Shockers (21-16) get a chance to redeem that loss against the Wildcats (26-11) on Tuesday at Eck Stadium. WSU is coming off a three-game sweep at Bradley and has won five of its past seven games.
Kansas State interrupted that trend last week in Manhattan by scoring five runs in the eighth inning to tie WSU and won it 7-6 with a run in the ninth. The Wildcats scored the winning run on a passed ball.
WSU rebounded from that collapse to take over first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with its wins at Bradley. The Shocker offense totaled 32 runs, overcoming 34 strikeouts to pound out 40 hits. Outfielder Micah Green went 8 for 14 in the series, scoring seven runs and driving in six with two doubles and a triple. Infielder Erik Harbutz doubled three times in Sundays 18-8 win and drove in six runs, both career highs.
WSU sophomore Kris Gardner will make his first start since April 6 against Indiana State. He gave up seven hits and two runs in four innings.
Kansas State has won eight of nine games. It lost Fridays series opener at Iowa and then won the final two games of the series. The Wildcats hit .358 against Iowa, with 13 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases.