WSU baseball coach Todd Butler previews 2019 season
Wichita State could not hold onto an early lead against No. 8 East Carolina, as the Shockers lost the series finale 7-3 at Eck Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
While it was a series loss for WSU, the Shockers did claim a dramatic 3-1 victory over the top-10 Pirates on Saturday and came away with a crucial win in American Athletic Conference play to ensure WSU is among the top-eight teams in the conference to play in the conference tournament.
ECU improved to 39-12 overall and locked up the AAC title with an 18-3 record in conference play, while WSU fell to 23-28 overall and is in a tie with South Florida at 7-14 in conference for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament.
WSU looked like it had carried over its magic from Saturday when the Shockers executed a double steal in the first inning with Jacob Katzfey stealing second and Jordan Boyer taking home base for a 1-0 lead over the Pirates.
But ECU got to WSU starter Connery Peters in the third inning, scoring four runs to establish a 4-1 lead. The Shockers trimmed that deficit to 4-2 in the fifth inning when senior Mason O’Brien delivered a RBI single to score Katzfey.
The Pirates pulled away again in the seventh inning, tacking on three more runs. A RBI groundout by Katzfey in the eighth inning provided the final scoreline.
Katzfey, Luke Ritter and Paxton Wallace all finished with two hits, as the Shockers left 14 runners on base.
WSU returns to action Tuesday at Oral Roberts for its final non-conference game of the season, then finishes up conference action with a winner-goes-to-the-tournament series at South Florida for the weekend.