Despite giving up three home-runs, Wichita State was able to take advantage of miscues by Evansville and went on to beat the Purple Aces 6-5 on Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Shockers the series victory, 2-1.
Drew Palmer started strong for Wichita State but gave up two home-runs in the 3rd inning, one solo and one a 2-run home-run, to give Evansville a 3-0 advantage.
Wichita State got on the board in the 5th inning with an RBI single by Garrett Bayliff. Heads up base-running earned the Shockers their next run as Erik Harbutz reached on a throwing error and Tanner Dearman came home from third base.
Evansville added to its lead in the top of the 6th with another solo home-run to make it 4-2, but the Shockers once again pounced on the Aces' mistakes.
Johnny Coy and Casey Gillaspie both reached base with back to back hits before Evansville made a pitching substitution. A wild pitch allowed Gillaspie to come home and the next batter, Tyler Baker, hit a sacrifice fly to bring Coy across the plate to tie the game at 4. Michael Mucha pinch hit for Taylor Doggett and reached base on a fielders' choice. Mucha was then brought around thanks to an RBI single by Tanner Dearman. That run gave the Shockers the lead, 5-4.
Evansville tied the game in the 8th. In the bottom of that frame, however, the Aces got a taste of their own medicine as Baker led off the Shockers' half of the inning with a solo home-run to retake the lead for good.
Wichita State is on the road this Tuesday taking on Oklahoma State. The Shockers are back in Wichita Wednesday night hosting Oral Roberts.