02/18/2023 | 4:00 pm
Feb 18th (Sat) / 4pm
SAN DIEGO – Wichita State defeated Utah Tech, 2-0, but was dominated in game two of the Torero Classic Friday afternoon against Boise State, 8-0.
Wichita State (5-3) was shut out for the first time since March 18 of last season.
Game 1 vs. Utah Tech
Lauren Howell (2-1) had her second win in the circle behind a career-high seven strikeouts in the complete game shutout. She only allowed four hits and a walk.
Wichita State’s offense was kept in check largely at the pitchers-friendly park. In most ballparks, Wichita State would have had at least three home runs. Sami Hood’s three-pointer proved to be enough, as the Shockers recorded only four hits. Sydney McKinney had another hit, while Lainee Brown and Zoe Jones each hit doubles.
With a scoreless game going into the bottom of the fourth, Wichita State got Jones and Lauren Mills on base via walks and hit from the field with two out. Enter freshman Sami Hood. Hood led first throw off the right field wall for a two-run triple.
Utah Tech threatened in the top of the fifth with a leadoff triple, but Howell proceeded to strike out the next two batters and induce an inning final flyout.
A pair of singles in the top of the sixth was all the Trailblazers could muster the rest of the way.
Game 2 vs. Boise State
McKinney extended his hit streak to 26 with a triple and two walks. Mills and Hood recorded the only other hits in the game.
Alex Aguilar (1-1) started in the circle and went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. Alison Cooper pitched 2.0 innings of relief. Four hits and three walks resulted in four runs.
Boise State got to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI double. They would extend the lead to three in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run and an RBI single.
The Broncos tacked on another insurance run in the fifth on an RBI double to make it 4-0.
Boise State finished the game in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run home run.