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Stephenson gets 1,800th win in WSU’s 9-5 victory

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at 9:03 p.m.

Wichita State took advantage of some shoddy Arkansas-Little Rock pitching in the ninth inning to score three runs and beat the Trojans 9-5, giving WSU coach Gene Stephenson his 1,800 career victory.

Stephenson is 1,800-647 and three ties. He trails only Auggie Garrido of Texas in total wins. Garrido is 1853-849 and 10 ties.

Leading 6-5 going into the top of the ninth, the Shockers got two bases-loaded walks and an infield single by Erik Harbutz to score three runs. The only solid hit of the inning was a leadoff double by Tyler Baker. One of those bases-loaded walks was by Johnny Coy, his first walk of the season.

Prior to the ninth, UALR pitchers Jesse Hardin and Travis McDonald had combined to strike out 10 Shockers in 15 outs.

WSU started fast, scoring six runs in the first four innings. In the first, Garrett Bayliff singled and scored on Harbutz’ two-out single. In the second, Baker hit a foul pop-up that the catcher dropped. On the next pitch, he hit a solo homer. Taylor Doggett followed with a single, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

In the third, Casey Gillaspie opened with a walk and eventually scored on Dayne Parker’s sacrifice fly.

Gillaspie hit his second homer of the season in the fourth, the last Shocker hit unitl the ninth.

A. J. Ladwig, who equalled his college career strikeout total of six, picked up the victory, going five innings and allowing eight hits. TJ McGreevy picked up his first save, going 2 1/3 innings and yielding one hit.

Kris Gardner will make his season debut on the mound Friday when WSU plays Western Illinois at 11 a.m.

Wichita Stateabrhbibbsoavg
Dearman 2b300010.286
Bayliff rf321011.313
Moore ph000000.000
Haddox lf110000.000
Gillaspie 1b332221.333
Coy dh401113.238
Harbutz 3b402211.350
Mucha lf-cf100001.231
Kihle lf-cf200122.000
Parker ss400101.125
Baker c422100.333
Doggett cf-lf311002.143
Green cf000000.143
Bobbit ph100000.176
Totals32998812. 249
Arkansas-Little Rock
Crumpton rf-cf512101.250
Pfeiffer ss421001.345
Johnson c412100.300
Clark 1b503200.444
Burk 2b400002.280
Parma lf300011.200
Thionnet cf312001.269
Scott rf100000.000
Jobe 3b400003.227
Guarno dh301011.125
Totals365114210

Wichita State1212000039
Ark.-Little Rock1020110005

E — Johnson. DP — Ark.-Little Rock. LOB — WSU 7, Ark.-Little Rock 9. 2B — Baker (2), Thionnet (2), Clark (2), Johnson (3). HR — Baker (2), Gillaspie (2), Johnson (2). S — Johnson. SF — Parker. SB — Doggett (1). CS — Harbutz.

Wichita Stateiphrerbbsoera
Ladwig W, 1-15844067.74
LaBrie1 2/3211212.09
McGreevy S,12 1/3100033.00
Ark.-Little Rock
Bradford L,0-226422211.40
McDonald4 1/3122255.09
Harbin1 2/3111053.00
Rousseau00111012.90
Moritz2/3111301.23

WP — Bradford, Ladwig, LaBrie. PB — Johnson 2. HBP — Pfeiffer (by Ladwig), Bayliff (by McDonald), Burk (by LaBrie). Umpires — home, Brian Martin; first, Keith Sanders; third, Mike Grace. T — 3:12. A — 237.

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