Shockers sweep No. 11 Arizona
Coughenour, Hege hit first collegiate home runs in 8-3 win
WICHITA, Kan.-- Tyler Coughenour and Ryan Hege hit their first home runs as Shockers as Wichita State beat No. 11 Arizona, 8-3, to sweep the two-game series in Wichita, Kan. on Wednesday.
Coughenour led the Shockers going 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and one run scored. Hege went 1-for-3 with his first career home run. Chris O'Brien and Kevin Hall both had a nice day at the plate as they finished the game 2-for-3. O'Brien scored two runs and Hall scored one.
Wichita State improved to 12-4 on the season as Arizona fell to 13-5.
Charlie Lowell picked up the win for the Shockers and improved to 2-3 on the season. He went six innings and gave up three runs off of five hits. T.J. McGreevy came in and picked up his first save on the season.
The Wildcats were led by Jett Bandy. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
The Shockers reached the scoreboard first, scoring three runs off of two hits and two errors in the bottom of the fourth inning. Preston Springer led off the inning with a walk and Chris O'Brien followed that up with a single to right-field. Johnny Coy loaded the bases reaching on a fielder's choice to short. Tyler Coughenour picked up an RBI single to left that scored Springer. The Shockers scored two more runs as Zach Stucky reached on a fielder's choice to the middle of the infield. The Wildcats tried turning a double-play, but Stucky made it to first safely on the throwing error. Meanwhile, both O'Brien and Coy scored as the Shocks went ahead 3-0 at the end of the inning.
The Wildcats tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on three hits, but Ryan Hege gave the Shockers a 4-3 lead with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the inning. It was Hege's first home run of his career as a Shocker.
Wichita State doubled its score in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring four runs. Tyler Grimes led things off with a walk and Kevin Hall followed that up with a bunt single. Springer moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. The Wildcats decided to load the bases as they intentionally walked O'Brien. Grimes came home to score as Coy hit a sacrifice fly out to right field. Coughenour made it an 8-3 game as he hit a three-run homer to left-center.