WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State had 19 runs on 16 hits and Erin McDonald threw his second career no-hitter in a 19-0 Memphis rule Sunday afternoon at Wilkins Stadium.
Wichita State (28-13, 10-2) ran its winning streak to eight in the process and edged the Tigers 43-4 in the weekend series. Wichita State’s 19 runs are tied for second most in school history, while 16 hits are tied for sixth.
Wichita State’s win also made head coach Kristi Bredbenner the winningest coach in program history. His 314 wins passed Jim Maynard at 313 on Sunday.
The Shockers added to their blistering home run tally with three, bringing the season total to 93.
McDonald (7-7) recorded the 18th no-hitter in school history and his second career. She was responsible for the most recent, on March 10, 2019 against Nebraska in a 6-2 victory. The Norman, Okla., native struck out six and walked just two in 5.0 innings.
Addison Barnard was again a star factory in the win. She hit two more home runs, including one inside the park. Barnard now has 26 home runs and 67 RBIs, both of which lead the country. She finished the day 2-for-3 with four runs scored, four RBIs and one stolen base. His steal in the fourth inning gives him 25 on the season, tying the school record for a single season.
Lauren Lucas was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored to lead the charts. All nine starters finished with at least one hit, including six with multiple hits. Lauren Mills doubled twice and drove in four runs. Sydney McKinney was 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.
Wylie Glover hit his second home run of the season to go with two RBIs and two runs. Zoe Jones and Jessica Garcia both added a pair of hits, while Jones scored three times. Lainee Brown and Neleigh Herring each had one hit and two RBIs.
In all three games of the series, Wichita State has scored at least five runs in the first inning. On Sunday, Barnard opened the scoring with his 25th homer of the season, a two-run bomb left. Herring brought home another run on an RBI single and Mills nailed two runs behind his first of two two-run doubles.
Lightning struck in the second inning when Barnard threw a deep right volley that bounced off the wall and rolled to the infield. Barnard ran around the bases for a home run inside the park.
Glover went 8-0 late in the third on his two-run homer that just snuck inside the right-field foul post.
The floodgates would open late in the fourth after an 11-point inning. A base-laden walk for Herring triggered the avalanche. Garcia delivered an RBI single and a two-run double from Brown made it 12-0.
Following a field error from Memphis, McKinney netted a two-run triple past the diving left fielder to make it 15-0. An RBI outfielder pick for Barnard, an RBI brace for Jones and a two-run brace for Mills capped off the scoring assault.
Wichita State travels to Greenville, North Carolina for the final road series of the regular season in East Carolina, April 29-May 1.