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WICHITA, Kan. -- UTA senior southpaw Brad Vassar worked a career-long 6.2 innings and fanned a career-best seven but No. 22 Wichita State posted a 5-1 win over the Mavs to clinch the three-game series, on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Eck Stadium.
UTA (4-8) and Wichita State (11 -2) faced off in the second game of the series in Wichita after the Shockers claimed the opener on Friday night behind a six-run fourth inning. The Shockers took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings and added an insurance run in the seventh to match UTA's first tally in the fifth. WSU opened it up with two in the eighth.
LEADING THE MAVS
The Mavs were handcuffed offensively, limited to three games, including a knock from junior centerfielder Noah Vaughan, who extended his hitting streak to a team-high nine games. The Mavs also got a double from Aaron Funk and a single from Will Olson.
ON THE MOUND
Vassar (1-1) made his second start of the year in his fifth appearance. Vassar set a new career high with seven strikeouts, equaling his career-longest outing at 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, walking two. He allowed single runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings in his first quality start of the year and the fourth of his career.
With two outs and a runner on first in a 3-1 game in the seventh inning, the Mavs turned to senior lefty Jake Wilcox, who escaped the frame. Carlos Tavera came on in relief to open the eighth, getting an out before giving way to Andrew Gross.
Wichita State freshman righty Liam Eddy (4-0) turned in a strong start with seven innings without allowing an earned run or walk, surrendering three hits and fanning four to lower his NCAA debut ERA over the first four starts of his career to 1.05. With a two-run lead to open the eighth inning, power right-hander Chandler Sanburn, the brother of Arkansas great Nolan Sanburn, came on in relief and fanned one in a perfect frame. Tommy Barnhouse worked the ninth.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Eck Stadium in a game broadcast live on GoShockers.com with live stats, audio and video ($). The Mavs will turn to senior righty Trae Patterson (0-1, 6.89 ERA) for his fourth start of the year.
HOW THEY SCORED
The Shockers opened the scoring with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the third inning from Jordan Boyer, lined the other way for his second of the year.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Wichita State stretched its lead with a two-out run.
UTA got on the board in the top of the fifth inning as Minjarez ripped a two-out fly ball to the track in centerfield but the ball was lost in the sun, allowing the UTA shortstop to motor to third. Funk then dropped a 2-1 offering into shallow leftfield for a bloop double, allowing Minjarez to score from second.
Wichita State chased Vassar and added to its lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting a leadoff infield single from Boyer, who scored from second after a sacrifice bunt on a single from Greyson Jenista.
The Shockers added on in the eighth inning, getting a leadoff double and four-pitch walk to open the frame, before a two-run double from Gunnar Troutwine chased Tavera.
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