The Wright State baseball team scored six times in the middle three innings and coasted to a 10-1 win at Cincinnati Wednesday night.
The Raiders opened the scoring with three in the second. With one out, Zach Tanner singled through the left side and after Garrett Gray walked, both scored as Justin Kopale tripled to left center. A later Kody Krizman ground out plated Kopale with the third run.
A Krizman RBI single made it 4-0 in the fourth and the lead increased to 7-1 with three more in the fifth. Following WSU loading the bases on a Tristan Moore walk and hits from Tanner and Gray, Kopale hit a sacrifice fly to left for the first run and Michael Timm along with Sam Picchiotti delivered two-out run scoring hits for the other two runs.
A Bearcat error along with a Ryan Ashe triple added two more runs in the sixth and Wright State rounded out the scoring with a Jake Hibberd RBI double in the seventh.
Five Raider pitchers--Joey Hoelzel, Luke Mamer, Travis Hissong, Lee Valencheck and Jack Van Horn--combined to limit Cincinnati to just five singles and three walks on the night while striking out six.
Offensively, Tanner went four for five with two runs scored and Kopale two for three with three RBI and two runs scored. Hibberd, Ashe and Picchiotti each had two hits while Krizman had two RBI.
Wright State (31-14) returns to Horizon League play this weekend with a key series as the first-place Raiders (16-5) face second-place Valparaiso (23-20, 15-6 Horizon). The two teams will start the series with a 6:30 game at Nischwitz Stadium on Friday night.