The baseball team scored five times in the first two innings, but had to hold off a Southeast Missouri rally in the ninth to defeat the Redhawks 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.
WSU opened the scoring with three runs in the first. With one out, Sam Picchiotti and Jake Hibberd singled and a Tristan Moore fielder's choice put runners on first and third. An infield hit by Zach Tanner plated the first run and after Ryan Ashe was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Justin Kopale delivered a two-run single through the right side to make it 3-0.
Southeast Missouri picked up a run in the second, only to see the Raiders extend the lead to 5-1 with two in their half of the inning. Following a Kody Krizman hit and a Picchiotti walk, Hibberd doubled into the left field corner to drive in both Krizman and Picchiotti.
The Redhawks cut the deficit to 5-4 with one in the third and two in the fourth before Wright State tallied what turned out to be the decisive run in the fourth. With two out and Krizman on first due to a walk, hits by Hibberd and Moore produced the run.
Southeast Missouri scored a run in the sixth and then posed a threat to start the ninth on back-to-back hits from Trenton Moses and Kody Campbell. It then appeared that the Redhawks might tie the game as Andy Lennington tried to single through the right side, but second baseman Picchiotti made a diving stop and threw out Lennington as both Moses and Campbell moved into scoring position.
After an intentional walk to Ryan Barnes, Michael Schum induced Taylor Heon to ground into a double play started by Picchiotti to end the game.
Schum picked up his third save of the season and second of the weekend by pitching the final two innings, striking out two. Jordan Marker (3-1) earned the win by allowing no earned runs in 2.1 innings of work, fanning four.
Offensive, Hibberd finished with three hits and two RBI while Krizman had two hits, Kopale two RBI and Picchiotti two runs scored.
Wright State (6-7) hits the road Tuesday for a 4:00 contest against the 16-0 Kentucky Wildcats, the only remaining undefeated team in Division I this season.