WATERLOO, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa baseball team trailed Wichita State 7-5 at the end of five innings before the game was suspended because of rain. The teams will resume play in the top of the sixth starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Panthers and Shockers will play the second game of the series after the conclusion of the suspended contest.
Wichita State used three hits and a walk to build an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Taylor Brown led off the top of the second with a single, and he moved to second when Bret Bascue was hit by a pitch. Cody Lassley bunted the runners over to second and third, and Brown came in to score on a wild pitch to give the Shockers a 4-0 lead. UNI starter Nick Kirk struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Kalvin Johnson drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the second, and Jeff Taliaferro followed with a double into right center. Ege hit a one-out single up the middle to send both runners home and cut the UNI deficit to 4-2.
WSU matched the Panthers' pair of runs in the top of the third, using a walk, a double and single to stretch its lead to 6-2. Ryan Engrav doubled in the top of the fifth, and he scored on a single from Brown to bring the score to 7-2.
A throwing error by WSU starter Tim Kelley put Brett Douglas on second with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Grant Grgurich drew a walk, and Travis Bennett followed with a single through the left side to score Douglas and move Grgurich to third. Jason Summers hit a sacrifice fly into center to score Grgurich, and Johnson singled through the right side to score Bennett and cut the WSU advantage to 7-5.
The teams waited out a weather delay for nearly two hours before deciding to suspend the game.