Wichita State’s woes at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., continued Sunday as the Shockers dropped a 5-4 decision to Long Beach State
The Dirtbags swept the three-game series and now have won eight of the last nine games with WSU at Blair Field.
There were several bright spots for the Shockers. Joe Haddox, a freshman making his first collegiate start, went 1 for 2 and drove in his first collegiate runs. Casey Gillaspie continued to pad his on-base percentage, drawing three walks.
Gillaspie has walked 21 times, improving his on-base percentage to .483.
Foster Vielock, who came in allowing an earned run per inning, tossed 1 2/3 innings of shutout and hitless ball. Having walked six in his previous five innings, he did not walk a batter and struck out one.
WSU scored in the first when Cody Bobbit singled on the first pitch and later scored on Johnny Coy’s two-out single. The Shockers added two in the third on Haddox’ two-out two-run single, driving in Coy, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, aned Garrett Bayliff, who had singled.
The Shocks added in a run in the fourth, when Bobbit singled. Dearman bunted, but Long Beach State first baseman Jeff Yamaguchi went too far to his right and no one covered first base. Gillaspie walked to load the bases with none out. Tyler Baker singled in Bobbit, leaving the bases loaded. Coy struck out.
Then came the play that ended the threat. Bayliff hit a shot off the pitcher’s leg. It caromed to the second baseman, who bobbled the ball. However, he bobbled it to shortstop Michael Hill, who stepped on the bag and completed the double play.
Long Beach State’s run that proved to be the winner should have been out. Hill was at second and got caught in a rundown, but made it back to second on a botched WSU rundown. The Shockers argued that Dearman had made the tag, but it was ruled he didn’t. If Yamaguchi had been out, Long Beach State’s sacrifice fly that scored its fifth run would have been the third out of the inning.
Notes — WSU did not get a hit after the fourth inning off three Long Beach State pitchers. . . . The Dirtbags have won 25 games and WSU has won 24 in the 49-game series. . . . . WSU is 9-14 at Blair Field. . . . Bobbit walked with the potential tying run in the ninth. Dearman struck out for just the second time this season for the first out. Then, Gillaspie hit into his second doubleplay of the game. The Dirtbags had three doubleplays. . . Erik Harbutz went 0 for 3 and is now 0 for 20 against Long Beach State in his collegiate career. . . . WSU goes to Hawaii for a five-game series, beginning Wednesday. . . Taylor Doggett struck out three times, giving him 16 strikeouts in 50 at-bats. ... . The loss gives the Shocks their second three-game losing streak of the season, after dropping their first three games at home to Pittsburgh.
|Long Beach State|
|M. Hill ss||3||0||2||1||0||0||.356|
|Long Beach St.||220||010||00x||—||5|
E — Bobbit. DP — LBS 3. LOB — WSU 8, LBS 7. 2B — Yamaguchi (3), Prigatano (8), M. Hill (3), Serven (2) S — M. Hill, Patron. SF — Hutting. SB — Bobbit (3). CS — Patron.
|Long Beach State|
|Hunt W,2-0||3 2/3||0||0||0||0||1||6.00|
|Maciel S,3||1 1/3||0||0||0||1||2||4.94|
WP — Ladwig. HBP — Haddox (by D. Hill), Brenner (by Ladwig), Dearman (by Hunt). Umpires — Rob Hansen, home; Brad Hungerford, first; Bill Barnes. T — 2:51. A — 1,084.