Wichita State Shockers

Schwanke delivers again as Wichita State opens Valley play with a victory

Wichita State’s Willie Schwanke pitched seven strong innings Friday at Evansville.
Wichita State’s Willie Schwanke pitched seven strong innings Friday at Evansville. File photo

Willie Schwanke pitched another strong seven innings as Wichita State’s Friday starter, then the Shockers held on late in a 6-5 victory at Evansville to open the Missouri Valley Conference schedule.

Tyler Jones pitched the eighth and ninth innings to help WSU (11-19, 1-0 MVC) win its second road game in 12 tries.

John Hayes relieved Schwanke in the eighth inning. He did not get an out after walking one, yielding an infield single and a three-run homer.

Jones allowed a run, but got out of the inning by striking out two. He also struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth.

WSU took advantage of three walks in the first inning to score twice. Mikel Mucha and Tanner Kirk walked. Mucha came in on Gunnar Troutwine’s infield single, and Kirk scored on Chase Rader’s sacrifice fly.

The Shockers added a run in the second inning when Trey Vickers led of with a single and scored on Mucha’s sacrifice fly. In the fourth inning, Dayton Dugas was hit by a pitch and came in on Mucha’s groundout. Dugas led off the sixth inning with a triple and scored on Vickers’ single.

Vickers scored on Evansville second baseman Trey Hair’s error.

Notes — Mucha’s eight-game hitting steak ended.… WSU is now 2-10 on the road.… Cody Tyler (0-1, 4.78) will pitch Saturday for WSU.… It is the fifth time the Shockers have committed three errors in a game. They had four against Nebraska-Omaha.… In Schwanke’s last four starts, he has allowed four earned runs in 30 innings (1.20 ERA).… In WSU’s last 10 games, it is hitting .292. In the same span, the pitchers have a 5.90 ERA.… Of WSU’s six runs, half were scored after free passes — two walks and a hit-by-pitch.… WSU turned two double plays, giving it 10 in its last seven games.…It was the second home loss for Evansville (15-13, 0-1) in 10 games.

WSU

ab

r

h

bi

bb

so

avg

Mucha cf

3

1

0

2

1

1

.340

Kirk 2b

4

1

0

0

1

2

.287

Jenista dh

4

0

1

0

1

0

.288

Tinkham 1b

4

0

0

0

1

1

.257

Troutwine c

3

0

1

1

1

0

.304

Rader 3b

3

0

0

1

0

0

.281

Dugas rf

2

2

1

0

1

0

.277

Vickers ss

3

2

2

1

0

0

.254

Young lf

2

0

1

0

0

0

.278

Totals

28

6

6

5

6

4

Evansville

Nelson ss

5

0

1

0

0

1

.271

McKibban 1b

5

0

0

0

0

0

.306

Hair 2b

3

1

1

0

2

1

.406

Synek c

5

1

3

0

0

1

.325

Ramon 3b

4

2

2

3

0

2

.323

Jyawook dh

3

1

1

0

1

1

.284

Williams rf

3

0

1

0

1

1

.337

Christen cf

4

0

0

1

0

2

.316

Showers lf

4

0

1

1

0

1

.184

Totals

36

5

10

5

4

10

WSU

210

102

000

6 6 3

Evansville

010

000

040

5 10 2

E — Dugas (3), Vickers (6), Kirk (7), Ramon (11). DP — WSU 2, Evansville. LOB — WSU 7, Evansville 8. 2B — Hair (14), Ramon (5), Syhnek (7). 3B — Dugas (1), Jenista (1). HR — Ramon (8). S — Vickers (3), Young (3). SF — Rader (1), Mucha (2). SB — Mucha (8), Kirk (6).

WSU

ip

h

r

er

bb

so

era

Schwanke W,5-3

7

6

1

1

3

6

2.94

Hayes

0

2

3

3

1

0

8.40

Jones S,1

2

2

1

1

0

4

5.87

Evansville

Schnieders L,3-2

5

5

7

4

4

0

2.82

Jestice

3 2/3

1

0

0

2

4

2.21

Brady

 1/3

0

0

0

0

0

1.50

WP — Jones (6). PB — Troutwine (10). HBP — Dugas (by Schnieders). Umpires — home, Grady Smith; first, Don Umland; third, Jason Stidham. T — 3:07. A — 284.

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