May 13, 2007
Wichita, Kansas - Andy Dirk's three run home run capped a four-run second inning as No. 9 Wichita State salvaged a game in the three-game series with a 7-0 shutout of Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.
The Shocker win came on the heels of two straight Titan victories on Friday and Saturday, as they improve to 43-16 on the year. Fullerton drops to 31-19 and snap a brief three-game winning streak.
Michael Morrison, making his third weekend start, pitched just two innings allowing all four earned runs in the second frame and was tagged with the loss dropping his record to 5-3 on the year.
Conner Gillaspie doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, and Tyler hill drove him home with a single back up the middle. Tyler Weber then single off the glove of Evan McArthur for the third of four Shocker hits in the frame setting up Dirks' 390-foot long-ball.
The Shox added another run in the third, this time off reliever Dustin Biorsak, who had his 13.1-inning consecutive inning scoreless streak snapped with an RBI-single by Josh Workman. Workman's knock brought home Matt Brown with the fifth run, after Brown doubled to lead off the inning. Birosak loaded the bases with another single and an intentional walk, but got out of the inning with a fly ball to right by Dusty Coleman.
Winning pitcher Anthony Capra improved to 4-0 with five innings of scoreless work, surrendering just three Titan hits. The Titans put two runners on in both the third and the fifth, but could never take advantage. In his final inning of work, the southpaw walked Matt Wallach and Dustin Garneau to lead off the inning, but pitched his way out of it with two pop ups and a strikeout.
Kyle Touchatt finished up for Capra, tossing four more scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season. The righty fanned four Titans including Jon Wilhite to end the game.
The Shockers went on to add two unearned runs off Adam Jorgenson in the seventh inning plating additional insurance runs after Fullerton should have been out of the inning. A lead off bunt attempt by Derek Shermerhorn was fielded cleanly by Evan McArthur at third base, but his throw went wild allowing the Shocker first baseman aboard. Jorgenson, retired the next two hitter, but then served up a ground-rule double to Gilaspie, driving home Shermerhorn. Gallaspie then scored with the Wichita State final run as Josh Workman singled off Wilhite's glove at first after the Titans went to Paul Canedo in relief of Jorgenson.
Cal State Fullerton returns to Big West Conference play next weekend at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Fullerton is down to six remaining regular-season game, all of which are conference match-ups against the Mustangs on the road, and Long Beach State at home the following week.