Patriots Thumped by Wichita State

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On the first pitch of the game, Austin Elkins belted his seventh homerun of the season and extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Before the Patriots (28-13) would score again, though, in the sixth inning, it was 9-1 Wichita State (26-19) and the Shockers would cruise to a 13-3 win over DBU in the first game of the three-game series in Wichita, Kansas.Cy Sneed (6-3) was saddled with the loss in the shortest outing of his college career while Josh Smith (5-3) picked up the win after throwing seven innings and allowing two runs for the home team. Boomer Collins and Joel Huttercombined for five of the ten DBU hits on the night and Hutter also extended his hit streak to 21 with his two hits, including a ninth inning solo homerun.

Sneed gave up five hits and walked two in just 2+ innings of work as the Shockers scored seven earned runs and onlystruck out once. Jake Johansen followed and gave up three runs in 3.1 innings while striking out three and a trio of Patriot pitchers finished the game for DBU with Tyler RockafellowPatrick Hicks, and Blake Webster combining to allow three more runs in their 2.2 innings of work. Wichita would finish the game with 16 hits, the most allowed by DBU in a single game all season, while the 13 runs are also the largest number given up by Patriot pitchers in 2012.

Offensively, DBU got the leadoff man on base in five of the nine innings they batted but only got hits in three of twenty-two chances with men on base and went one for eight with men in scoring position. Foster Vielock and Drew Rainey threw the final two innings of the game for Wichita State with the only blemish on their record being the Hutter homerun.

The Patriots will return to Eck Stadium Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 pm start as Taylor Massey will face off against Kris Gardner. The Patriot Pregame Show will begin at 1:40 pm on

Coach Heefner Postgame Interview