Saturday, March 24, 2018

Shockers crush Paladins, clinch series

For the second day in a row, Wichita State's starter worked six dominant innings and the Shockers clinched the series win with a 14-3 victory over Furman Saturday in Wichita, Kansas. Wichita State (16-6) piled up 17 hits, drew eight walks and struck out just three times in improving to 12-1 at home this season.

Shocker freshman Liam Eddy maintained his perfect record this season and lowered his ERA to 1.57 with six shutout innings Saturday. Eddy (5-0) allowed just two singles, one walk and struck out six.

After Furman was unable to turn what would've been an inning-ending double play in the first, Paxton Wallace belted a two-run homer to give Wichita State a 2-0 lead.

The Shockers added a run in the third then broke the game open with a five-run fourth. Dayton Dugas led off the fourth by hitting Grant Schuermann's third pitch of the inning for a double. Two pitches later, Jordan Boyer doubled to score Dugas. On the next pitch, Gunnar Troutwine hit a two-run homer.

Furman's lone highlight of the day came in the eighth inning when five consecutive Paladins reached with two out. It was capped by an RBI-single by Dillon Love and a two-run single by Jake Crawford to cut the lead to 9-3. Wichita State answered with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning to close out the scoring.

Greyson Jenista went 3-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Shockers offensively.

No one had more than one hit for Furman (13-10), which finished with a total of six singles.

The three-game series wraps up Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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