Feeling at home in the Wichita State Shocker Softball Classic was a big advantage for the Shockers in Wilkins Stadium. The Shockers broke multiple records on Sunday when they defeated Iowa State 18-15 and Northern Illinois 8-3.
Here's the complete story from Shocker Softball:
The Shockers broke the Wilkins Stadium record for home runs hit in a game with seven, total runs scored, total hits and RBIs in the win against Iowa State. Individually, Cacy Williams broke the school record for RBIs in a game with eight.
Game One: Wichita State 18, Iowa State 16
The Cyclones struck first in the top of the first inning, scoring on a Shocker error to take an early 1-0 lead before adding another run in the second inning on a RBI single to right center to extend the lead, 2-0.
Aly Cappaert hit a home run to left center in the third inning, giving Iowa State a 3-0 advantage before a slew of singles added three more runs and the Cyclones took a 6-0 lead.
Cacy Williams responded for the Shockers in the bottom of the third with a RBI home run over right center and Kelli Spring hit her first home run of the season over the center field fence to cut the Cyclone lead, 3-6.
Iowa State added a run in the fourth but Melanie Jaegers responded with a two-run homer to left field, edging closer to the Cyclones, 5-7.
Iowa State scored four runs in the fifth to take an 11-5 advantage but Wichita State came back with an eight-run rally in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by two home runs from Liz Broyles and a home run by Paige Luellen to give the Shockers their first lead of the game, 13-11.
The Cyclones tied it up in the sixth on a two RBI double to left center but the Shockers would not go away as Williams hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning and her second home run of the game to put Wichita State back on top, 18-13. Iowa State ran three batters in in the top of the seventh but it wasn’t enough as the Shockers held on in the fourth game of the Shocker Softball Classic.
Jaegers went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, including a home run and three RBI, while Williams went 3-for-4, breaking the Wilkins Stadium and school record with eight RBIs in the victory. Liz Broyles went 2-for-5 on the day, including two home runs in the fifth inning to lift the Shockers past the Cyclones.
Katie Malone was credited with the win for the Shockers, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing 10 hits and 11 runs on the day. Roggentien picked up the loss for the Cyclones, pitching 0.2 innings and allowing two hits and three runs in the loss.
Game Two: Wichita State 8, Northern Illinois 3
Northern Illinois got on the board quick with a RBI single to right field before Williams scored on a Husky error to tie the game 1-1, going into the second inning.
The Huskies got a runner home in the second inning on a SAC by Nicole Gremillion to push ahead, 2-1 but Jaegers wouldn’t let it last long, hitting a home run to left center in the bottom of the inning to tie it once again, 2-2.
The runs continued in the fourth inning when Northern Illinois scored one in the top of the inning before Jaegers tied it up yet again for Wichita State with a single up the middle to score Luellen before Vandever and Williams both hit singles to score three more runners and give the Shockers a 6-3 advantage.
Luellen hit a RBI double down the left field line and Jaegers hit a bunt down the first base line to score one more to extend the Wichita State lead, 8-3 in the fifth inning.
The Shockers held the Huskies scoreless in the final two innings, going on to win, 8-3. Wichita State finished the Shocker Softball Classic 4-1 with its only loss coming against San Diego State.
Jaegers went a perfect 3-for-3 yet again for the Shockers with three RBIs, while Luellen went 3-for-4 from the plate and Williams recorded three hits in four at-bats, including two RBIs.
The Shockers will host Western Illinois Wed., March 12 in a double header with the first pitch scheduled at 4 p.m.