On Tuesday night in Wichita, Kansas, the Jayhawks pulled out a tough win over the Shockers, 7-5. Wichita State fell behind 7-2, only to rally and make a game of it, before Jayhawks closer Jordan Piche picked up his 10th save of the season.
Kansas improved to 31-18 overall with their sixth straight win of the year. Wichita State fell to 31-22 overall. Kansas starting pitcher Tanner Poppe, improved to 4-3 on the season while giving up two hits.
Kansas built a big 6-2 lead, only to have the stadium lights go out. After the lights came back on, the Jayhawks added another run, taking a commanding five-run lead. Wichita State rallied with big seventh and eighth innings to cut the lead down to two runs, after they pushed relievers Drew Morovick and Robert Kahana, only to have Piche shut down the attack.
Connor McKay picked up three RBI’s for Kansas leading the charge. The two teams combined for 23 hits, including a slew of Jayhawks who got multi-hits including Michael Suiter’s two hits, and Alex DeLeon’s. Garrett Bayliff picked up three hits for the Shockers in the defeat.
Next up for Kansas is a match-up with the Iowa State Shockers. Kansas is fourth place currently in the Big 12 at 12-9, a half-game behind Kansas State, Oklahoma, and West Virginia at the top.