Travis Bennett had a happy birthday Sunday, and all the Wichita State players celebrated with their third straight victory.
WSU banged out 17 hits to defeat host South Alabama 15-10 to win the South Alabama Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Bennett, who turned 22, doubled in his first two at-bats, driving in two runs. He was also part of a weird double play in the fifth.
With Adam Heisler on second and Jack Overstreet on first with one out, Brad Hook hit a drive down the leftfield line that Bennett dove for, and came up with the ball to show the umpire he had made the catch. However, the umpire did not go into the outfield and didn't make a call. So, Bennett, alertly, threw to shortstop Tyler Grimes who relayed to third to force out Heisler. Then third baseman Erik Harbutz threw to second baseman Will Baez to force Overstreet. The umpires huddled and ruled Bennett didn't catch the ball; and the double play stood, getting the Shockers out of the inning.
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Once again, WSU put on a hitting show. Preston Springer singled and homered in three official at-bats. He walked three times.
First baseman Clint McKeever singled and homered, driving in three runs. He also walked three times.
Cody Lassley belted two homers and a single, driving in three runs. He also walked once.
Of the Shockers' 17 hits, 10 were for extra bases. Every WSU starter got a hit, except Grimes.
Charlie Lowell, the first of five WSU pitchers, got the victory, going four innings and allowing three earned runs. He was given the victory because of a predetermined split.
Every Shocker reliever yielded at least one run, except Logan Hoch. Chance Sossamon was tagged for four runs in his one inning.
Notes — WSU batters reached base in all 26 innings in the three games. They were never retired 1-2-3.... The Shockers' stolen base streak ended at 10 straight when Grimes was thrown out in the fourth.... WSU amassed 47 hits in the three games and is hitting .392 as a team.... The Shockers home opener will be Tuesday against North Dakota at 3 p.m. It is the first of a seven-game homestand.... It's the first time since 2000 that WSU has scored in double digits in its first three games.... The Shockers are not only hitting the ball, they are getting the timely hit. With runners in scoring position and less than two outs, WSU batters have produced runs 17 out of 20 times.
Wichita State211 500 114 — 15 South Alabama100 202 104 — 10
E — Lassley, Muncrief, Overstreet. DP — WSU 3, USA 1. LOB — WSU 10, USA 12. 2B — Baez (1), Bennett 2 (2), Jones (2), Hall (1), White (3), Grichor (2). 3B— Baez (1). HR — Lassley 2 (2), McKeever (2), Springer (2), Histler (1). SF — Baez, Lassley, Reynolds. SB — Harbutz (2), Hall (4), White 2 (6). CS — Grimes.
WP — Guy 2, Reeves, Lagrow. HBP — Harbutz (by Bailey); Reynolds 2 (by Lowell); Overstreet, Grichor (by Muncrief). Umpires — home, Skip Powe; first, Terry Day; third, Leland Hollis. T — 3:41. A — na.