Wichita State’s bad luck in extra-inning games continued on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Luke Willis’ two-out infield single drove in Brandon Gum, who had reached on a walk, enabling George Mason to edge WSU 5-4.
It was a game of missed opportunities for both clubs as they stranded 30 baserunners, 15 each.
The only inning WSU did not have a baserunner was the 13th. The Shockers left the bases loaded in the 12th when Daniel Kihle flied out to center with two outs.
The outcome overshadowed a good showing by Casey Gillaspie. The WSU first baseman missed hitting for the cycle by a home run. He scored twice and walked twice. However, he hit into a double play in the ninth after Mikel Mucha had opened the inning with a single.
Mucha also made three brilliant catches in left. In the ninth with two outs, he ran down Tucker Tobin’s fly ball. In the 10th, he dove and grabbed Blaise Fernandez’ line drive. Then in the same inning with two outs, he grabbed Gum’s line drive, even though he collided with centerfielder Micah Green. Mucha was hurt on the play and had to leave the game.
The Shockers scored twice in the first. Kihle reached on an error and scored on Gillaspie’s double. Gillaspie scored on Tyler Baker’s single.
WSU tacked one more on in the third when Gillaspie opened with a triple and scored on Garrett Bayliff’s infield out.
Wichita State tied it at 4 in the seventh. Mucha reached on an error and scored on Bayliff’s single.
For the most part, WSU’s bullpen sparkled. Drew Palmer (four innings), Cody Tyler (one inning) and Reagan Biechler (five innings) combined for 10 innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits. T.J. Looney, who walked two in the 13th, took the loss.
WSU plays Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday and on Monday at 3 p.m.
E — Cook, Tobin, Fernandez, Gum, Mucha, Dearman. DP — GM, WSU. LOB — GM 15, WSU 15. 2B — Gillaspie (3). 3B — Gillaspie (1). S — Leemhuis, Green, Zimmerman. SF — Tobin. SB — Phillips (1). CS — Phillips.
WP — Coverdale, Tyler. HBP — Cook 2 (by Palmer and Biechler), Willis (by Brummett), Zimmerman (by Coverdale). Umpires — home, Bret Tharp; first, Tom Katancik; third, Mac Smith. T — 3:56. A — 521.