Friday, March 23, 2018

Paladins drop opener at Wichita State

Six Wichita State pitchers combined to allow two hits and rack up 16 strikeouts as the Shockers defeated Furman, 11-1, in Friday's opener of a three-game series in Wichita, Kansas.

Wichita State (14-4) jumped on top with a pair of runs in the first inning. It remained 2-0 until the Shockers added a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Paladins (13-9) did not get a hit until the sixth inning when Bret Huebner's one-out double scored Ben Anderson to cut the lead to 3-1.

Wichita State answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth before blowing the game open with a seven-run seventh.

Furman's only other hit came on Landon Kay's two-out single in the ninth.

Paladin starter Nik Verbeke (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings to take the loss. He had two walks and one strikeout.

Wichita State starter Codi Heuer (4-0) stayed perfect this season after giving up one run on one hit in six innings. He had three walks and 11 strikeouts.

Luke Ritter had three hits, while Jordan Boyer went 2-for-3 with a home run and a two-run double to lead the Shockers offensively.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.

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