The #3-6 hitters combined for eight hits, six RBI and seven runs scored as the Wright State baseball team scored the first seven runs of the game in rolling to a 9-2 win at Bowling Green Tuesday.
The Raiders wasted no time, opening the scoring with three runs in the first. Jake Hibberd doubled to left center on the third pitch of the game and after Corey Davis bunted him over to third and Zach Tanner walked, Ryan Ashe drove in Hibberd with a sacrifice fly to left. Garrett Gray followed with a double to right center to plate Tanner and Michael Timm reached on an error to allow Gray to score with the third run.
Gray made it 4-0 in the fifth with his third home run of the season to left and the lead grew to 7-0 with three more in the seventh. A Tanner double followed by an Ashe home run to right, his second in the last three games, accounted for the first two runs and the final run scored as Michael Timm came in on a Kody Krizman fielder's choice play.
After being held to just one hit over the first six innings by WSU pitching, Bowling Green broke up the shutout with two in its half of the seventh. Wright State, though, answered with a pair of its own in the eighth as Tanner tripled in Davis, who reached on an error, and later scored on another error.
On the mound, Raider pitchers Lee Valencheck, Luke Mamer, Jack Van Horn and Michael Schum combined for a four-hitter, allowing two runs and four walks while striking out nine.
Offensively, Gray continued his hot hitting as the reigning Horizon League Batter of the Week went three for four with two RBI and two runs scored. Tanner had two hits and scored three times while Timm and Hibberd also had two hits.
Wright State (33-16) begins a three-game Horizon League series at Youngstown State on Friday at 3:00.