Shockers Outlast Kansas in 16 Innings, 6-4
April 10, 2012
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LAWRENCE, Kan.– Wichita State third baseman Aaron Rea’s RBI double in the top of the 16th inning broke a 4-all tie and helped the Shockers knock off Kansas, 6-4, in the second-longest game in Jayhawk history Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks drop their fifth-straight and fell to 12-20 overall this season, while WSU improved to 20-15. The 16-inning game was the longest since KU lost to Oklahoma State, 1-0, in 18 innings on April 15, 1967.
Kansas held a one-run advantage heading into the top of the ninth, however with a runner on third and two outs, Wichita State’s Casey Gillaspie hit a deep fly ball to left center that was lost in the lights and went for a gift RBI double to tie the game at four.
After remaining deadlocked at 4 a piece for six and a half innings, Rea’s double to right center, plated the winning run. The Shockers added an unearned run later in the inning for the margin of victory.
Kansas built a 4-3 lead by taking advantage of Wichita State mistakes. In the eighth inning with the score tied at three, freshman Connor McKay came around to score the go-ahead run on a passed ball after drawing a leadoff walk and moving to third on a hit batsman and a sacrifice bunt. KU could have increased its lead to two runs, however, third baseman Jordan Dreiling was left stranded on third base.
KU left a season-high 16 men on base in the game, including runners on first and second in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings.
Sophomore outfielder Tucker Tharp led the Jayhawks offensively, grabbing four hits, one run and one RBI in a school record eight at-bats. His RBI came off a single up the middle in the fifth inning, which tied the game at 2-2.
After allowing the tying run to score in the ninth, junior Tanner Poppe threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit after the flyball double in the ninth.
The Jayhawks will take on Wichita State in game two of the series Wednesday night at Eck Stadium in Wichita. The game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.