WICHITA, Kan. -- UTA baseball got strong pitching performances from Ryan Buss and Trae Patterson but No. 22 Wichita State used a walk-off single in the 10th inning to post a sweep-clinching 5-4 win over the Mavs, on Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.
UTA (4-9) and Wichita State (12-2) squared off in the finale of the three-game series, which had opened with a 12-3 win from the Shockers on Friday and a 5-1 win on Saturday to clinch the series. After the Shockers opened the game with a 3-0 lead behind a single run in the second and two in the fourth, the Mavs fought back with a three-run rally in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead.
Wichita State tied up the game in the bottom of the eighth inning and plated the walk-off run in the 10th inning on a RBI single from Gunnar Troutwine, who scored Alex Dugas, who reached on an infield error.
LEADING THE MAVS
UTA collected seven hits in the game, with RJ Williams going 2-for-5 as the Mavs lone multi-hit game. Zac Cook, Christian Hollie, Omar Salinas, Josh Minjarez and Aaron Funk each added hits.
ON THE MOUND
Patterson worked his first quality start of the year and the 12th of his two-year career. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs – two earned – on seven hits, fanning six and walking four.
With a one-run lead to open the seventh inning, the Mavs turned to Buss to retire the middle of the order, with Buss punching out a pair. Buss turned in a career outing, firing a career-long 3.1 innings, allowing two ingles and one run, fanning a career-best three. Freshman David Moffat (0-4) allowed the unearned run that proved decisive in the 10th inning.
Wichita State right-handed starter Connor Lungwitz worked five innings, allowing four hits and one runs, walking one and striking out three. Alex Segal came on in relief to open the sixth, dazzling in a perfect inning before issuing a pair of walks to open the seventh. Chandler Sanburn took over in a jam in the seventh inning, and got five outs, giving way to Clayton McGinness in the eighth, who got a pair of outs before Cody Tyler came on with an out in the ninth. Tyler (1-0 earned the win with 1.2 shutout frames.
UTA will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to face No. 8 Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. CT at Blue Bell Ballpark.
HOW THEY SCORED
Wichita State struck for a run in the bottom of the second, getting a one-out runner on after a fielding error, with a pair of singles following to allow the Shockers to take an early lead.
The bottom of the fourth opened with a pair of leadoff runners and a successful sacrifice bunt to push them into scoring position. Catcher Gunnar Troutwine then ripped a two-run single into centerfield to give Wichita a 3-0 lead.
The Mavs got on the board in the top of the fifth inning, getting a leadoff triple from Funk and the first career sacrifice fly from Zac Cook to cut into the lead, 3-1.
In the top of the seventh inning, UTA loaded the bases with three straight walks to start the frame, with Minjarez, Funk and Berthiaume each reaching. Cook lined a first-pitch single into centerfield to score one and Williams beat out the back end of a double play to force in the tying run in the form of Funk. After a second out, Hollie delivered a go-ahead knock through the left side of the infield, plating Berthiaume.
Wichita State rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning, getting one-out singles from Dayton Dugas and Vickers, with Dugas scoring after a misplayed ball on the single from Trey Vickers in the outfield.
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