Wichita State continued its torrid hitting Saturday, beating Eastern Michigan 11-1 in the South Alabama baseball tournament in Mobile, Ala.
One of the hottest Shockers is first baseman Clint McKeever, who went 4 for 5 and drove in five runs. Its the third time in his Shocker career he has driven in five runs.
McKeever ripped a two-run double in the first, singled in the third, had another two-run double in the fifth and blasted a long homer to left in the sixth.
In two games, he's 6 for 11, scored four runs and driven in five.
In fact, the Shockers, who have 30 hits in two games, have yet to be retired in order in any inning (17 innings).
While McKeever is hot, designed hitter Preston Springer also has good numbers. Springer went 3 for 5 Saturday, giving him seven hits in 11 at-bats (.636). He also has scored six runs.
WSU is sparkling on the basepaths. No Shocker has been caught stealing in nine tries.
Kevin Hall singled in the sixth, then promptly stole second and third, scoring on Baez' single. Baez then promptly stole second and third and strolled home on Springer's double.
The offense overshadowed Jordan Cooper's three-hitter over six innings. Cooper, who came out after throwing 81 pitches, didn't walk a batter and struck out six.
Cooper allowed a home run to leadoff hitter Ken Battiston on the second pitch in the first. With one out, Matt Skirving singled; but Cooper picked him off for the third out of the inning. Cooper then proceeded to retire 12 straight batters.
He hit Aaron Crooks, leading off the sixth, to end the streak.
T.J. McGreevy (Topeka Hayden), who like Cooper (Shawnee Heights) pitched for a Topeka high school, went the final three innings to earn a save. McGreevy allowed just two hits, walking one and striking out two in his collegiate debut.
Notes — Lefty Charlie Lowell will pitch for WSU today against host South Alabama. Game time is noon....Saturday's game was moved up by tournament officials when the South Alabama-North Florida game ended early.... Both WSU and South Alabama are 2-0. However, South Alabama had to rally to defeat North Florida, a team WSU beat 14-4.... This year is WSU's fifth in the tourney. The Shockers are 10-3.... Right fielder Ryan Jones threw out Crooks at third base to end the sixth inning.
Eastern Michigan100 000 000 — 1 5 0 Wichita State310 034 00x — 11 12 0
LOB — EM 4, WSU 8. 2B — Springer (2), McKeever 2 (2). HR — Battiston (1), McKeever (1). SB — Baez 3 (3), Grimes (1), Hall 2 (3).
E. Mich. IPHRERBBSOERA
Glover L,0-1) 5 2/31211112110.2
WP — Glover. HBP — Grimes (by Glover), Crooks (by Cooper). Umpires — home, Leland Hollis; first, Skip Towe; third, Danny Hamel. T — 2:11. A — 637.