Wichita State’s Cacy Williams hit home run No. 36 to become the program’s career leader during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep at Drake.
The Shockers run-ruled Drake 9-1 in five innings in the first game with pitcher Jenni Brooks holding Drake to four hits.
WSU won the second game 9-0 to move into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference with Northern Iowa. WSU (27-18, 13-5 MVC) totaled nine hits and eight walks in the first game and 11 hits and five walks in the second. Brittany Fortner, who went 4 for 8 with four RBIs on the day, and Paige Luellen also homered. Luellen went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs.
In the nightcap, Katie Malone struck out five and allowed six hits by the Bulldogs (24-20, 12-6).
Williams, a senior from Platte City, Mo., has 10 home runs this season. She set WSU’s single-season record with 16 in 2014.
The series concludes with a game at noon Sunday.
Shockers win MVC title — WSU women’s tennis team defeated Evansville 4-0 and Southern Illinois 7-0 at Coleman Tennis Complex to win an eighth consecutive MVC regular-season title.
WSU (24-3, 7-0 MVC) won its 76 straight match against MVC opponents with the win over SIU. The streak of eight titles is the longest by any MVC women’s team.
WSU’s Giulia Guidetti won both No. 4 singles matches to improve to 36-5 this season and set the program’s single-season wins mark. She passed Sandy Sadler, who went 34-11 in 1983-84.
The Shockers secured the No. 1 seed in the MVC Tournament, which starts Friday at Coleman Tennis Complex. The Shockers will play eighth-seeded Evansville at 9 a.m.
Against SIU, which entered the day 5-0 in the MVC, Gabriela Porubin won the No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-4 over Xiwei Cai.