Wichita State Shockers

Down to final pitch, WSU baseball fights back to win in extra innings at Missouri State

A home run in the eighth inning from Luke Ritter forced extra innings, then the Wichita State baseball team pounced for five runs and a 9-4 road nonconference victory in 10 innings over Missouri State late Tuesday.

It was the first midweek win in nearly five weeks for WSU, which has now won back-to-back games after a seven-game losing streak. The Shockers improved to 22-26 overall, while Missouri State dropped to 15-32.

WSU (6-12 AAC) will play its final games at Eck Stadium this season with a weekend American Athletic Conference series against conference-leaders East Carolina (36-11, 16-2) with Game 1 at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Shockers came one ball away from losing the game, as closer Mitchell Walters fell behind 3-0 in the count with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth. But Walters fought back for a strikeout, then forced extra innings with another strikeout to escape the jam.

Given a new life, WSU capitalized.

Jacob Katzfey led off the 10th inning with a single, then stole second, which led to MSU intentionally walking Ritter. After a fly out, Paxton Wallace delivered the go-ahead hit with a two-RBI double down the left-field line. Noah Croft, Ross Cadena, Brady Slavens and Jordan Boyer all followed with two-out hits to tack on four more runs.

It was a dominant performance from the Wichita State bullpen, which finished with 11 strikeouts and four hits allowed in eight scoreless innings. Preston Snavely (two innings, three strikeouts), Aaron Haase (1 1/3 innings, two strikeouts), Alex Segal (2 2/3 innings, four strikeouts) and Walters (two innings, two strikeouts) were part of the effort for the Shockers.

Wallace went 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and three runs driven in to lead the Shockers, while Ritter collected a game-high three hits to go along with a pair of runs and RBIs.

No hit was more important than Ritter’s solo shot in the top of the eighth inning to bring the Shockers level with MSU, 1-1. Ritter fell behind 0-2, but jumped on a pitch and sent it over the center-field fence.

The Bears had two runners on with one out in the bottom-half of the eighth inning, but Segal coaxed an inning-ending double play to escape the jam.

WSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning with RBIs from Jordan Boyer and Ritter, but the Bears answered back with four runs in the bottom-half of the inning for the 4-2 lead. Wallace smacked his eighth homer of the season in the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 4-3 to set up Ritter’s heroics in the eighth.

WSU baseball 9, Missouri State 4

Wichita State (22-26)0021000105

9 14 2
Missouri State (15-32)0040000000

4 9 0

WP: Walters (2-4). LP: Sechler (2-5). E: WSU, Boyer 2. LOB: WSU 8, MSU 13. 2B: WSU, Boyer, Wallace. HR: WSU, Ritter, Wallace SB: WSU, Katzfey 2, Plastiak; MSU, Privitera, Faith. SH: WSU, Croft. HBP: WSU, Katzfey, Cadena, Plastiak. Umpires: Ramon Hernandez, home; Bill Gannaway, first; Matt Anderson, third. T: 4:02. A: 706.

Wichita StateABRHRBIBBSO
Boyer, SS501112
Katzfey, CF521000
Ritter, 2B423210
O’Brien, 1B502000
Wallace, 3B522301
Gibson, RF100001
VanVooren, RF200001
Jackson, RF201001
Croft, C311110
Plastiak, DH201000
Slavens, DH101110
Missouri StateABRHRBIBBSO
Duffy, CF613000
Privitera, 3B411000
Millas, C512001
Kotowski, RF311222
Herron, DH301020
Geha, LF400003
Fitzpatrick, LF100001
Faith, 2B501002
Hull, SS300021
Wichita StateIPHRERBBSO
Barnhouse254210
Snavely

2

00013
Haase1⅓20012
Segal

2⅔

10014
Walters, W

2

10022
Missouri StateIPHRERBBSO
Gibbs

2⅔

42201
Cruikshank211120
Schmidt

4

31113
Sechler, L145512
Carson

20000
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