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Baseball Rallies for 6-4 Win at Missouri State
Release: Friday 05/12/2013 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

Down 4-1 after seven innings, the baseball team rallied for four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to pick up a 6-4 win over Missouri State in the final game of the series Sunday in Springfield, Missouri.

The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the second before WSU got on the scoreboard with a run in the third.  Justin Kopale led off with a hit to right center and after advancing to third on a passed ball and a ground out by Jason DeFevers, scored on a Sam Picchiotti sacrifice fly to center.

Missouri State, though, picked up a run in the fourth and it stayed that way until Wright State came to bat in the eighth.  With one out, Kieston Greene started the rally with a single to left center.  Garrett Gray followed with a hit to center and Kody Krizman made it 4-2 with a single through the right side to drive in Greene. 

After Mark Fowler tripled to right center to plate Gray and Krizman and tie the game, Michael Timm's sacrifice fly to center allowed Fowler to score and give the Raiders the lead for good.

WSU then added an insurance run in the ninth as hits by DeFevers and Greene along with a Picchiotti walk loaded the bases for Gray, whose fielder's choice allowed DeFevers to score.

Travis Hissong (2-1) picked up the win by pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit while striking out one.  Taylor Braun also pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief ahead of Hissong, striking out two.

Offensively, Greene finished with four hits in five at bats while Kopale had two hits. 

Wright State (21-26) closes out the regular season next weekend with a three-game Horizon League series against UIC at Nischwitz Stadium.  The series begins Thursday at 6:30, with games Friday (6:30) and Saturday (2:00).

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