Missouri State and Wichita State delivered an exciting night of midweek baseball on a silver platter.
The Shockers trailed a majority of the game but rallied in the 10th inning for a 9-4 win over the Bears.
After two scoreless innings, Wichita State capitalized on a pair of hits to get on the board first, 2-0.
Missouri State answered the next at-bat with three hits from juniors Jack Duffy and Drew Millas and freshman Dakota Kotowski. The Bears were able to plate four runs from two muffed throws from Wichita State.
The Shockers answered back right away with a solo shot over the left field wall in the top of the fourth, but freshman LHP Ben Cruikshank was able to get the next ones down to stop the bleeding.
The fifth and sixth innings went by scoreless, despite Missouri State loading the bases with just one out in the sixth. The Bears couldn’t capitalize and left three on base.
In the top of the seventh inning, the thunderstorms started to roll in on the north side of Springfield, putting the two clubs in a 30-minute lightning delay.
When the squads resumed action, Wichita State rallied in the top of the eighth for their second solo home run of the night to even the game at 4-4.
The Bears threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but the Shockers got out of the pinch with a double play.
The score was tied heading into the ninth inning, and with runners in scoring position, sophomore Connor Sechler headed to the mound and got the Bears out of the two-out jam unscathed.
The Bears rallied in bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with just one out. As the walk-off batter was at the plate with a 3-0 count, sophomore Jordan Fitzpatrick struck out on the next three pitches.
Missouri State players, coaches and fans were in an absolute uproar about this, as the Bears thought — on all three called strikes — they had won the game in walk-off fashion.
As if extra innings wasn’t interesting enough, the Shockers plated two on an RBI double to take a 6-4 lead.
Amidst the game play, Missouri State fans began to yell out “They’re batting out of order!”
After several attempts to get the umpires attention, Bears head coach Keith Guttin left the dugout to approach the umpire and get it sorted out.
Wichita State was not penalized for batting out of order, which would have been the third out and the end to the inning. Rather, they plated another run off another base hit.
According to an NCAA rules handbook, batting out of turn can only be appealed by the defense before the first pitch to the following batter.
In this case, Missouri State was on defense and did not appeal soon enough.
The Shockers plated five runs off six hits in extra innings to secure the come-from-behind nonconference win.
Missouri State travels to Evansville this weekend for their last MVC road series of the regular season.