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UE Baseball Powers Past Wichita State, 13-2

April 12, 2014
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville baseball team erupted for 13 runs on 15 hits against Wichita State Saturday afternoon at Braun Stadium, as the Purple Aces run-ruled the Shockers, 13-2, in seven innings, marking their largest margin of victory over WSU since the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
 
Evansville (22-11, 4-1 MVC) had five players record multiple hits in the win, including junior Kevin Kaczmarski, who finished 3-for-4 with triple and four RBI.  Fellow junior Kyle Pollock drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-5 effort that included a double and a triple, while sophomore Josh Jyawook provided three hits in four at bats, drove in a run and scored two more.
 
On the mound, senior Cole Isom (3-3) went the distance for the Aces, allowing only two runs, one earned, on six hits.  The Hopkinsville, Ky., native struck out four and issued just one walk to lower his ERA to 3.26.
 
UE was able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead, as Jyawook led off the inning with a single through the right side, before moving into scoring position on a bunt single by senior Jake Mahon.  Jyawook and Mahon both advanced 90 feet on an error following a pickoff attempt by Wichita State (16-18, 2-6 MVC) starter Cale Elam, before Jyawook was able to score on a Pollock ground out.
 
In the bottom of the third, Evansville scored runs on an Elam balk, a Pollock triple and an RBI single by junior Boomer Synek, before the Shockers answered in the top of the fourth with an RBI double off the bat of Garrett Bayliff to trim the Aces' lead to 4-2.
 
UE countered by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Kaczmarski and Synek, before WSU once again got a run back in the top of the fifth, when Casey Gillaspie drove home Tanner Kirk with a single to shallow center.
 
However, Evansville would blow the game open in the bottom of the fifth, putting up four runs on Wichita State reliever Garrett Brummett.  Sophomore Eric McKibban started the rally with a leadoff single and advanced to third when freshman Devin Williams doubled to the gap in left center.  With one out in the frame, Jyawook, Mahon, Kaczmarski and Pollock combined to drive in all five runs in the inning on four-consecutive hits, including a Kaczmarski triple and a Pollock double, giving the Aces a 12-2 margin.
 
UE capped the scoring in the bottom of the sixth, when Mahon plated Williams with a sacrifice fly to left to make the final score 13-2.
 
Gillaspie led Wichita State with three hits on the day, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
 
Evansville will be looking to sweep the Shockers for the first time in program history tomorrow in the series finale at 1 p.m.  Sophomore Connor Strain will take the mound for the Aces and WSU will counter with freshman righty Sam Tewes.


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