Shockers hold off Evansville, 5-4
Cale Elam moved his record to 5-1 on the season as Wichita State defeated Evansville 5-4 on Friday night at Eck Stadium

Elam pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out six. Garrett Bayliff went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Micah Green also knocked in two runs, going 1-for-4. Tyler Baker was 3-for-4 with a double and Erik Harbutz went a perfect 3-for-3.

Shain Showers went 2-for-4 at the plate for Evansville with a RBI.

Wichita State scored the first runs of the game in the third inning. Baker led off with a double, and three batters later he scored on a Bayliff single to right field. Bayliff then stole second, moved to third on a single by Erik Harbutz and scored when Casey Gillaspie knocked a ball up the middle for another Shocker hit. Green plated two more with a two-out infield single to the shortstop that put Wichita State up 4-0.

Evansville grabbed a run in the fourth after Jonathan Ramon was hit by a pitch and scored two batters later on a RBI single by Showers.

Bayliff put the Shockers back up four, scoring Baker yet again, on a single to center field in the bottom half of the fourth.

David Patton singled to lead off the eighth inning for the Purple Aces and scored three batters later on a throwing error by Elam. Chris Pearson scored later in the inning on a wild pitch, and Jason Hockemeyer scored another run for Evansville on a balk by Shocker reliever Brandon Peterson to cut the Wichita State lead to 5-4.

Peterson retired the first three batters in the ninth inning to get the save and seal the victory for Wichita State.