WICHITA, Kan. – Tanner Welch had three hits and Justin McCarty hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season as Wichita State shutout Arkansas 5-0 Tuesday at before 3,087 at Eck Stadium/Tyler Field.
The Shockers (7-7) reached the .500 mark with the win as did the Razorbacks (10-10) with the loss. UA managed just three hits and put just four runners on base en route to its fourth-consecutive loss, sixth in its last seven games and eighth in its last 10. The shutout defeat was the Hogs’ second in nine games.
Ruben Krebs (2-0) earned the win for WSU after scattering two hits and striking out three in 4 2/3 innings in relief of starter Adam Peterson, who left the game with stiffness in his pitching shoulder after just 3 1/3 innings.
UA starter Gary Hogan Jr. (0-1) went two innings and took the loss in his first appearance of the year after missing the first five weeks of the season with an elbow injury.
WSU scored what proved to be the only run it needed in the bottom of the second when Randy Walter drew a leadoff walk and scored from third base on a wild pitch by Hogan. The Shockers stretched the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third on McCarty’s colossal three-run homer to right field off UA reliever Matt Dotson.
For the second year in a row, UA head coach Norm DeBriyn was not around to see the end of the Hogs’ game against the Shockers. DeBriyn was ejected by first base umpire Bob Holmoka for arguing a close play at first base in the top of the fifth inning.
Eric Absher’s RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth plated the Shockers’ final run as Krebs and WSU reliever Steve Haines combined to retire the final 10 UA batters in order.
The three hits were the fewest by a UA team since the Hogs had three hits in a 1-0 win over Washington State in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 18 of last year.
The Razorbacks return to Baum Stadium at George Cole Field on Friday to open their Southeastern Conference home schedule with a three-game series against Georgia, ranked 17th in this week’s Baseball America poll. Game times for the series are 4 p.m. CT on Friday, 2 p.m. CT on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.