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College Baseball | Wichita State Shockers Come From Behind To Defeat Oklahoma Sooners 9-8

Rich DeCray

Jumping out to an early 6-0 lead, head coach Pete Hughes utilized the versatility of his players by changing the lineup. With a little room breathe, the Oklahoma Sooners relaxed while the Wichita State Shockers stormed back. Taking their first lead in the 8th inning off, WSU held on to win the game 9-8.

After a single scoreless inning, the flood gates opened for the Sooners with a sac-fly from Jacob Evans to push the first run of the evening across the plate. Batting around the order, Oklahoma built a 5-0 lead on seven hits heading into the bottom of the second inning. Before the top of third came to a close, Evans recorded another RBI on a double to score Hunter Haley extending the lead to 6-0.

However, Wichita State answered with their first run coming off a wild pitch from Corey Copping gaining a bit of momentum. Sanagorski capped off the inning with a two run blast to cut the lead to 6-4. From there the WSU refused to let their opponent build any sort of a lead.

Hoping to manufacture a few runs, Kolbey Carpenter took off from third looking to score. Sliding under the tag on the turf, the second baseman scored of a Craig Aikin single in the 5th inning. Later Anthony Hermelyn connected on his second homer of the season once again giving OU a bit of insurance.

The lead proved to be too slim as the Shockers made the most of a few throwing errors leading to an in the park homerun from Hilliard in the 6th who carried the team on his shoulders. Following up the effort, WSU took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the 8th inning as Aikin misjudged a ball in center field allowing two runs to score.

Unfortunately, Oklahoma could not get any offense going in the 9th ultimately leading to a third consecutive loss.