Wichita State fell to Kansas by a score of 10-3 on Tuesday at Eck Stadium. The Shockers dropped to 22-22 on the season as the Jayhawks improved to 27-20.
Cody Tyler took the loss after pitching one inning during his first start of the season to drop to 0-1. He gave up four runs on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Jon Hander picked up the win for the Jayhawks to improve to 2-1 on the year. Hander pitched five innings while giving up a run (unearned) on two hits while having one strikeout.
Colby Wright led the Jayhawks on offense by going 4-4 with two doubles and a RBI. Tyler Baker went 2-4 with a double and Daniel Kihle was 1-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Shockers.
Kansas took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first after Dakota Smith hit a two-RBI double to left, scoring Michael Suiter and Wright. Blair Beck then had a two-RBI double of his own, plating Tuker Tharp and Smith.
During the bottom of the second, Wichita State cut the lead to 3-1 after Dayne Parker hit a RBI-double to score Micah Green.
The Jayhawks scored one in the top of the fourth to go up 5-1 after Wright hit a RBI-double to right center, scoring Justin Protacio.
Wichita State plated two to close their deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Daniel Kihle doubled to left field, scoring Green and Baker.
Kansas plated two more in the top of eighth after Tharp hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs in the inning. Tharp’s bases-loaded single plated Smith and Wright, giving the Jayhawks a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
The Jayhawks scored three in the top of the ninth. Chase Simpson made a throwing error after a Suiter ground ball to third, scoring Hernandez and Protacio. Later, Wright scored from third after a fielder’s choice that gave the Jayhawks the 10-3 final score.
The Shockers’ next game is on Wednesday inside Eck Stadium at 6:30 p.m. against Oklahoma State. Wednesday’s game can be seen on KS22.