State baseball team reached the finals of the Missouri Valley Conference championships with a 6-5 win over Evansville Thursday at Eck Stadium.


State baseball team reached the finals of the Missouri Valley Conference championships with a 6-5 win over Evansville Thursday at Eck Stadium.
The 41-18 Shockers face Illinois State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Eck Stadium. The Redbirds reached the finals with a 9-4 win over rival Indiana State.
The game ended at 1:48 a.m. today due to earlier rain delays.
“I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve stayed up this late,” Shocker coach Gene Stephenson said. “Well, it obviously wasn’t pretty. We made a lot of mistakes tonight. We were fortunate to win. It was a great job by Charlie Lowell. We got some key hits; they were few and far between, but we were able to pick up some runs. We answered them every time they would get some runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth. I know a lot of people said we made silly mistakes. You have to remember two things: This is a long day for everybody and after it hits midnight, there gets to be a dew on any type of field. It was a little bit slick, slippery. There are always reasons for things, and it’s not because guys were choking. The end result was we won; I am thankful.”
Lowell went five innings for the win to improve to 3-2. Lowell allowed one earned run on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Logan Hoch pitched the last four outs for the Shockers to pick up his fourth save of the season, allowing a walk, a hit and two hit batters.
Tom Heithoff went 6 2-3 innings for Evansville, taking the loss and falling to 3-5. Heithoff allowed four earned runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Travis Bennett hit an RBI double for the Shockers in the second inning to open the scoring. A pair of walks, a hit batter and an error led to a pair of Shocker runs in the second inning. Evansville came back with an unearned run in the fifth inning and a run in the sixth on two errors.
Johnny Coy and Nate Goro each had an RBI hit for WSU in the bottom of the sixth. Each team scored a run in the seventh and the Aces scored two runs in the eighth before Hoch was able to shut Evansville down.
No Wichita State player had more than one hit. Greg Wallace and Eric Stamets each went two for three for Evansville, which ends the season 32-27.
MVC Tournament
at Eck Stadium
Today
Game 9
Indiana State 9, Creighton 7
(Creighton eliminated)
Ind.St.    003    000    231    —9    12    0
Cre.    003    010    003    —7    8    2
Van Skike, Mann (W, 5-1) 6, Browning 9, Flora 9, Harlan (S, 2) 9 and Lucas; Hellhake, Spoomer (L, 0-2) 3, Lackovic 7, VanLeur 7, Winkelman 8, Patterson 9 and Vitale. HR — Cre.: Adams 2 (11, 12). Time — 3:19. Attendance — 2,745.
Game 10
Evansville 7, Missouri State 2
(Missouri State eliminated)
Mo.St.    200    000    000    —2    3    0
Evans.    001    011    40x    —7    10    0
Doyle (L, 5-9), Johnson 7 and Marshall, Casey 8; Davisson (W, 9-1), Naumann 8 and Day. HR — MS: Voit (6). Time — 5:01. Attendance — 2,724.
Game 11
Illinois State 9, Indiana State 4
(Indiana State eliminated)
Ind.St.    000    300    001    —4    11    2
Ill.St.    100    600    02x    —9    6    1
Drake, Flora (L, 0-1) 1, Dorsett 5, Harlan 7, Browning 8 and Lucas; Sorkin, Sajewich (W, 3-1) 5, Long 6, Copeland (S, 4) 8 and Mirabal. HR — Ill.St.: Kohli (4). Time — 3:13. Attendance — 3,117.
Game 12
Wichita State 6, Evansville 5
(Evansville eliminated)
Evans.    000    011    120    —5    8    1
Wic.St.    012    002    10x    —6    7    4
Heithoff (L, 3-5), Taylor 7 and Day, Pearson 7, Pascoe 8; Lowell (W, 3-2), Fleming 6, Guy 7, Hoch (S, 4) 8 and Lassley. Time — 3:04. Attendance — 3,245.
Saturday’s game
Championship game: Wichita State (41-18) vs. Illinois State (30-22) 1:30 p.m.