Andy Dirks and Clinton McKeever each hit three-run home runs and Rob Musgrave limited the damage when TCU’s sluggers went deep to lead Wichita State to an 8-5 win Friday in the opening game of the Stillwater Regional.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Andy Dirks and Clinton McKeever each hit three-run home runs and Rob Musgrave limited the damage when TCU’s sluggers went deep to lead Wichita State to an 8-5 win Friday in the opening game of the Stillwater Regional.Dirks hit Tyler Lockwood’s first pitch after he’d beaned Kevin Hall over the wall in left field to give the second-seeded Shockers (45-15) a 3-1 lead in the third inning. He also singled and scored on McKeever’s three-run shot to left-center off Lockwood (7-2) to extend the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth.Musgrave (11-1) gave up two home runs to Matt Carpenter and one apiece to Chris Ellington and Matt Vern, but all of them were solo shots.Musgrave gave up eight hits and didn’t walk anyone in his sixth complete game of the season. The 6-foot-2 senior struck out four and won his seventh straight decision.Lockwood (7-2) gave up all eight runs on 10 hits and left after yielding a single to McKeever and a Dusty Coleman’s second double of the game to start the eighth inning. Both came around to score as the Shockers pushed their lead to 8-4 before Ellington homered in the ninth.Third-seeded TCU (43-18) will play Western Kentucky, a 5-3 loser to regional host Oklahoma State.The Shockers play the Cowboys at 7 p.m. today. The Cowboys downed Wichita State 5-3 earlier this season in Stillwater.TCU 001 111 001 —5 8 0WSU 000 000 000 —8 12 1Lockwood, VerHagen (8), Farish (8), Cragin (8) and Holaday; Musgrave and Weber. W—Musgrave, 11-1. L—Lockwood, 7-2. Sv—None. HRs—TCU, Carpenter 2 (11), C. Ellington (6), Vern (5); Wichita St., Dirks (10), McKeever (4).