WICHITA, Kan. — Chris O'Brien went 3-for-5 with a career-high six RBI as the Wichita State baseball team defeated Alcorn State, 14-11, Tuesday evening.
The win puts the Shockers at 19-11 overall on the season. Alcorn State falls to 10-17.
Don Lambert led WSU with four hits in five trips to the plate with two runs scored. Tyler Grimes was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI while Walker Davidson scored three times and drove in another run while making a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch in the first inning.
Kenny Rowan was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Braves.
The Braves got on the board first with a solo home run off the bat of Kenny Rowan to go up 1-0. WSU countered with three runs in the home half of the first, keyed by one of O'Brien's three two-RBI base hits, scoring Kevin Hall and Grimes.
Both teams scored three runs each in the second inning as the Shockers were able to retake the lead thanks to a two-run home run off the bat of Grimes.
Alcorn State was able to tie the game up at six in the top of the fourth as the Braves knocked in a run on an RBI-single off the bat of Antolin Morales and another off a WSU error.
The Shockers looked to put the game away in the sixth and seventh innings as WSU scored eight runs combined in those innings with O'Brien, Hall and Grimes leading the way. Alcorn State again took advantage of a pair of WSU miscues in the top of the eighth inning to cut the deficit down to four as Rowan and Jann Butler had RBI hits for the Braves.
ASU pushed another run across the board in the ninth before Cale Elam was able to get the final two outs and seal the win for WSU.
Hall finished the game going 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Preston Springer was 2-for-4 with an RBI for WSU.
Aaron LaBrie picked up his first victory of the year for the Shockers, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four while issuing only two free passes.