Lightning strikes the Cougars twice in Kansas

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Five runs in the first two innings propelled the Wichita State Shockers to a 6-3 win over the Houston Cougars Wednesday in Wichita, Kan.

Houston lost Tuesday night as well to suffer the two-game series sweep.

Cougars starting pitcher Bo Hernandez lasted only one and one-third innings.

In the first inning, Hernandez gave up two runs, including a solo shot by Shockers third baseman Casey Blake that put Wichita up 1-0.

Hernandez hit the first two batters he faced in the second inning, putting two runners on base. First baseman Adam McCullogh smacked out a two-run single to give the Shockers a 5-0 lead.

The Cougars relief pitchers, led by Robb Kirkland for five and one-third innings, gave up only one more run for the rest of the game, but the Cougars were not able to take the lead.

The Cougars were led by shortstop Dominic Hernandez, who hit 2-for-5, including cranking out a solo homer in the third to give Houston its first score.

Besides the play of Blake and McCullogh, the Shockers also got two RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting from outfielder Travis Wyckoff.

Pitcher Steve Foral picked up the win in only three innings of work for Wichita State to improve his record to 5-0 and the Shockers' record to 29-5.

Foral gave up two hits and one earned run while striking out five.

Bo Hernandez was credited with the loss for the Cougars and fell to 2-2.

The Cougars fall to 21-22, the first time all season they have had a losing record.

Houston will next face TCU at Cougar Field at 7 p.m. Friday.

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