WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State's Cody Lassley belted a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th as the Shockers (14-7, 3-0 MVC) earned a 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference win over Bradley (6-12, 0-3 MVC) Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium. The walk-off victory gave the Shockers a 3-0 series sweep of the Braves in the first weekend of Valley play.
Wichita State struck first in the bottom of the fourth with an unearned run off of sophomore right-hander Jacob Booden (Vernon Hills, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) to take a 1-0 lead. The Shockers held their one-run edge until the eighth, when sophomore pinch-hitter Brad Kimball (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.) drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the score at 1-1.
The Braves had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but Wichita State's Chance Sossamon struck out freshman outfielder Bob Schuch (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice H.S.) and got freshman infielder Jason Leblebijian (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) to ground out to end the threat.
The Shockers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but senior closer Kori Jensen (Wichita, Kan./Hutchinson County C.C./Goddard H.S.) used a 1-2 fielder's choice and a 4-3 double play to send the game into extra innings.
After a scoreless top half, Wichita State opened the bottom of the 10th with back-to-back singles, while a balk moved the runners to second and third. Jensen got Wichita's next hitter to foul out and intentionally walked Garrett Bayliff to load the bases. Lassley stepped to the plate and sent Jensen's fourth pitch of the at-bat over the left field wall for the game-winning grand slam, 5-1.
Booden pitched well in his fourth start of the season, allowing one run (no earned runs) on four hits in 6.0 innings. Jensen (1-2) took the loss for the Braves, while Sossamon (1-1) earned the win for Wichita State. The Braves managed only five hits in the game.
After 18 road games to start the season, Bradley will host Northern Illinois in its home opener Wednesday, March 31 at O'Brien Field at 4 p.m.