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Shockers Rally Late, Walk Off Jayhawks


WICHITA, Kan. ( — Wichita State hit a pair of solo home runs in the eighth to tie the game and got a two-out RBI single from Mauricio Millan in the ninth to win it, as the Shockers rallied for a 7-6 win over Kansas on Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.


The Shockers (19-10) trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the eighth after Kansas (15-11) scored a pair of runs in the top of the inning to take the lead. Seth Stroh immediately pulled a run back with a solo home run on the first pitch of the inning that made it 6-5, then Camden Johnson leveled the ledger with his first career homer on a towering fly ball to right.

Nate Adler (1-0) struck out the side in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for a potential walk-off. Kansas called upon their closer Hunter Cranton, who entered the game with a 0.00 ERA. Jordan Rogers greeted him with a single to right-center, then moved to second on a successful sacrifice bunt from Jaden Gustafson. A strikeout left it up to Millan, who rifled the first pitch from Cranton (2-1) into center for the game-winner.

It is Wichita State’s first walk-off win of the 2024 season.

The game featured three squandered multi-run leads. Kansas scored single runs in the first and third to take an early 2-0 advantage, but the Shockers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third and three in the bottom of the fifth. A two-base throwing error from Kansas reliever Sam Ireland brought home Dayvin Johnson to tie the game at 2-2, then Millan gave WSU the lead with an RBI ground out. Stroh made it 4-2 with a two-out RBI single.

The Jayhawks quickly fired back with two runs of their own in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4 and moved in front in the eighth on run-scoring hits from John Nett and Kodey Shojinaga against Adler.

Wichita State starter Brady Hamilton turned in a strong start, working five innings while allowing four hits and three runs. The right-hander struck out five and walked three in a no-decision. Caleb AndersonJack MountHunter HolmesMatt Wilkinson and Adler followed out of the Shocker bullpen. Kansas utilized eight different pitchers on the evening.

The Shockers return to conference play with a three-game series on the road at South Florida. First pitch of Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 5:30 pm CT.