WSU Shockers Open ACC Series with a 7:6 Win Against USF Bulls
Tampa, Florida — the Wichita State University baseball team managed to win over the USF Bulls with a result 7:6. With Paxton Wallace’s second grand slam of the season and Clayton McGinness’ career-high eight strikeouts, the WSU team started the three-game series on a positive note. The opening game of the American Athletic Conference series started off with a win for the WSU, with the next game scheduled for Friday, May 17.
Wichita State went into a tie with a record of 25–28, 8–14 American, while their opponents, USF Bulls had a season of similar success, with their record being 25–26, 7–15 American. With a win on Friday, the WSU can clinch a berth in the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship.
Paxton Wallace, who many consider the main player of the team and a future MLB star, cemented his authority in the game. He achieved another grand slam, which was the ninth best home run of the season for his team. Additionally, Jordan Boyer aided the cause with three hits, including a double, as Ross Cadena and Luke Ritter factored in with a pair of hits each.
Clayton McGinness, a senior pitcher from Amazonia, Missouri, got his second consecutive victory. Operating from the mound, McGinness tossed seven innings and gave to the opposition only two earned runs on five hits. The Bulls had two walks, which went along with McGinness’ career-best eight Ks. Mitchell Walters, a junior player, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts, which was his team-high eighth save of the year.
How the Game Panned Out
The Shockers went up 1:0 in the fourth inning when Wallace scored on Brady Slavens’ sacrifice fly to center. It didn’t take long for the Bulls to get back at the Shockers, as they drew again in the bottom half of the same inning. Jake Sullivan achieved a home plate cross.
Wichita State players upped their game, and shortly after, took steps towards victory. In the top of the fifth inning, we saw five runs plated by the WSU, with Ritter’s RBI single and Wallace’s grand slam. Thanks to them, they went 6:1 up.
In the sixth inning, WSU went on the offense, with Jacob Katzfey racing home on a USF wild pitch. The advantage increased to 7:2. In the bottom of the same inning, the Bulls attempted to make a comeback. However, Slavens made a leaping grab to put an end to the Bulls’ hopes of tying the result, as it stopped Alex Bello’s two-run homer.
In the eighth inning, the USF made their last surge, succeeding in scoring four runs, putting the WSU’s lead in question. At 7:6, they had a tying run, but Walters killed the opportunity with a strikeout.