WICHITA, Kan. - Ryan Jones hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and No. 25 Wichita State beat Washington State 5-3 in the opening game of a three-game nonconference series, Friday.
Jones's game-winner came off WSU (11-5) reliever Seth Harvey (0-1) and made a winner out of Wichita State (11-5) reliever Remington Johnson
(1-0) who recorded the final out in the top of the inning.
Washington State trailed 3-0 entering the top of the ninth, before tying the game with a two-out rally. Jay Ponciano doubled and scored on a Shea Vucinich single against TJ McGreevy. Vucinich took second on the play via an error. Tommy Richards delivered a pinch-hit double to score Vucinich and Patrick Claussen tied the game with a single. In the bottom of the frame, Cody Lassley singled with one out prior to the Jones home run.
Wichita State took a 3-0 lead in the third inning with three singles, a sacrifice bunt, a throwing error by the Cougars and a ground out. All of that came against WSU starter Chad Arnold. Wichita State's Jordan Cooper blanked the Cougars for seven and two-thirds innings.
Due to expected poor weather, Friday's start time was moved up. If the teams can play, Saturday, first pich is scheduled for noon Pacific.