Missouri State beats WSU to end nine-game skid

03/23/2014 5:59 PM

03/23/2014 6:00 PM

The baseball gods finally smiled on Missouri State.

The beleaguered Bears, who snapped a nine-game losing streak, were handed two unearned runs and edged Wichita State 4-3 on Sunday at Eck Stadium.

With two outs in the third, Matt Fultz singled and Conor Smith reached on an error by WSU leftfielder Tanner Dearman. Spencer Johnson walked to load the bases, then Trey Hair hit a two-run single. Hair entered the game 1 for 8 and that hit came Saturday. He wound up 3 for 4, raising his average to .333.

The Shockers took a 2-1 lead in the second. Micah Green singled with one out, and Erik Harbutz singled. Zair Koeiman walked to load the bases. Dearman’s single brought in Green, and Dayne Parker’s sacrifice fly drove in Harbutz.

WSU tied it at three in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Parker reached on an error by MSU third baseman Dylan Becker. Casey Gillaspie drove Parker home with a double down the right-field line.

Notes —The loss was the third in 12 home games for WSU.… During MSU’s losing streak, other things went wrong also. Their bus made it to Wichita but after pulling into the hotel, the doors would not open and the Bears were late for Friday’s game. Earlier, after a game at UT-Arlington, the bus stalled going down the highway.… Gillaspie has hit safely in six straight. Dearman has a five-game streak.… WSU pitchers did not walk a batter and struck out 16 in the first two games of the series. On Sunday, they walked four and struck out nine, running the strikeout total to 25 in three games.… Harbutz collected three hits to raise his average to .300.… WSU relievers, who allowed one earned run in the MSU series, have a 2.85 ERA for the season.… WSU will play host to Nebraska on Tuesday.

Missouri State AB R H BI BB SO AVG
Meyer rf 4 1 2 0 1 2 .240
Becker 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .278
Dezort ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 .286
Massenberg lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Matheny cf 5 0 2 0 0 0 .303
E. Cheray 2b 4 0 0 0 1 1 .313
Fultz c 5 2 2 0 0 1 .288
Smith 1b 4 1 0 0 0 1 .218
Johnson lf 2 0 0 0 2 2 .250
Kay rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083
Hair dh 4 0 3 2 0 0 .333
Hawkins ss 3 0 1 1 0 1 .246
Totals 36 4 11 4 4 9
Wichita State
Dearman lf 5 0 1 1 0 0 .297
Haddox lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176
Parker 2b 2 0 1 1 1 0 .381
Phillips 2b 0 1 0 0 0 0 .348
Gillaspie 1b 3 0 1 1 2 1 .393
Bayliff rf 4 0 0 0 1 0 .290
Simpson 3b 4 0 0 0 1 1 .263
Baker c 4 0 0 0 1 1 .239
Green cf 4 1 2 0 1 2 .302
Harbutz ss 4 1 3 0 1 0 .300
Koeiman dh 0 0 0 0 1 0 .179
Bobbit dh 4 0 0 0 0 1 .233
Totals 33 3 8 3 9 6
Missouri State 012 000 001 4
Wichita State 020 000 010 3

E — Becker, Dearman, Bayliff. DP — MSU, WSU. LOB — MSU 10, WSU 15. 2B — Matheny (3), Meyer (2), Parker (2), Gillaspie (8). S — Hawkins. SF — Parker. SB — Simpson (2), Green (2). CS — Johnson.

Missouri State IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Hall 1 2/3 3 2 2 3 1 4.50
A. Cheray 2/3 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Powers W,1-1 5 2/3 3 1 0 4 5 3.23
Anawalt S,4 1 2 0 0 0 0 4.74
Wichita State
Tewes 3 1/3 8 3 1 2 4 2.45
LaBrie 2 2/3 1 0 0 1 2 2.45
Ashford L,0-2 2 1/3 1 1 1 0 2 3.00
Palmer 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.68
Vielock 2/3 0 0 0 1 1 1.17

WP — Powers. PB — Fultz. HBP — Parker (by Powers). Umpires — home, Bret Bruington; first, Greg Harmon; third, Matt Anderson. T — 3:26. A — 2,516.

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