In a battle for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Wichita State softball team used an eight-run first inning to take the final game, 13-3, and the series (2-1) from Bradley Sunday afternoon, putting the Shockers in first with a 7-2 record in the Missouri Valley.
Cacy Williams hit a leadoff double to right center in the first inning and Kelli Spring singled to third base, stealing second shortly after to put the Shockers in scoring position. Liz Broyles followed with a two RBI single to center field to give Wichita State a 2-0 advantage in the early going. Paige Luellen drew a walk and Mason was hit by a pitch, before Brittany Fortner hit a RBI single and Ali Vandever hit a double to left center, giving the Shockers an 8-0 lead heading into the second inning.
Luellen hit a leadoff home run to center field to extend the Shocker lead, 9-0 in the second.
Williams hit another double in the third, scoring on a single through the left side by Broyles to give Wichita State a 10-0 advantage.
Bradley finally got on the board in the fifth with a home run to left field, followed shortly after with a two RBI double to right center to cut the Wichita State lead, 10-3.
Macklin Hitz ended the game for the Shockers with a three RBI walk-off home run to left field, giving Wichita State the 13-3 victory over Bradley.
Katie Malone picked up the win for Wichita State, allowing 10 hits and three runs, while striking out seven in six innings. Williams hit 2-for-3 on the day, including two doubles and a walk, while Luellen hit .666 (2-for-3) with a home run and a RBI.
The Shockers are next in action when they travel to Tulsa, Okla. Tues., April 1 to take on the Tulsa Hurricanes at 4 p.m. before hosting Kansas at Wilkins Stadium Wed., April 2 at 6 p.m.