The Wright State baseball team scored all six of its runs in the first four innings and made that stand up for a 6-4 victory over UIC in the first game of a Horizon League series between the top two teams Thursday night at Nischwitz Stadium.
WSU grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs in the second. Gabe Snyder led off with a solo home run to left, his 13th of the season and after Cory Heffron doubled with one out, he went to third on an Adrian Marquez grounder and scored on a wild pitch.
The Raiders made it 3-0 in the third as Brandon Giltrow doubled, advanced to third on a JD Orr infield hit and came in as Zach Weatherford hit a sacrifice fly to right.
UIC cut the deficit to 3-2 with two runs in the fourth, only to see Wright State answer with three in the bottom of the inning. Singles by Seth Gray, Heffron and Marquez loaded the bases and Kevin Whatley followed with a flare to left center to drive in Gray and Heffron. Marquez later scored on a Orr ground out.
The Flames scored twice in the sixth to make it 6-4, but would get no closer as Danny Sexton retired six straight batters before giving up a single in the eighth. Derek Hendrixson took over from there to strike out the final two hitters in the eighth and then pitched a scoreless ninth with two more strikeouts to earn his eighth save of the season.
Sexton (8-1) scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out five to pick up the win. At the plate, Orr and Heffron each had two hits.
Wright State (35-18, 20-8 Horizon) and UIC (35-14, 21-7 Horizon) continue the series with a single game Friday night at 6:30.