Friday’s box score
E — Dearman, Miles. DP — WSU 2, KSU. LOB — WSU 7, KSU 10. 2B — Coy 2 (11), Baker 2 (15), Gillaspie (16), Dearman (4), Meyer (5), Fisher (19), Davis (14). HR — Kivett 2 (3). SF — Davis. SB — Dearman (12), Harbutz (14), Meyer (2), DeBord (6), Santigate (11), King (14). CS — DeBord.
|Moore W,4-0||2 1/3||4||2||2||0||4||3.74|
WP — Elam, Moore, Sanders, Busch. HBP — Haddox (by Busch), DeBord (by Elam), Conlon 2 (by Minnis, Sanders), Davis (by McGreevy), King (by Matchchick), Meyer (by Sanders) Balk — Mateychick, MaVorhis. Umpires — Craig Alden, home; Paul Guillie, first; Mike Schultz, second; Dan Mascorro, third. T — 3:33. A — 2,570.
The feeling quickly faded, but Wichita State did start the game on a high note.
Kansas State starter Levi MaVorhis, a freshman, walked Tanner Dearman and Garrett Bayliff. Second baseman Ross Kivett bobbled a sure double-play ball and only got one out. WSU took a 1-0 lead on Casey Gillaspie’s ground ball. Johnny Coy’s two-out double to left drove in Bayliff for a 2-0 lead. Mikel Mucha singled and Kansas State left fielder Tanner Witt threw Coy out at home to end the inning.
The Shockers are staying in Junction City, about a 20-minute bus ride to the ballpark. That limited their options for watching the Arkansas-Bryant game.
“We’re close to Salina, where we’re staying, so it’s not going be a deal where we’re hitch-hiking in to watch the game,” WSU coach Gene Stephenson said. “How’s that for a little humor.”
In 1988, the Shockers needed one strike to defeat Arizona State and advance to the College World Series title game. They lost 4-3 in 10 innings. Devastated, two days later, they lost 19-1 to Arizona State.
Nobody scored more against WSU in NCAA play until Friday’s 20-11 loss, its 130th appearance in a regional, super regional or CWS game.
The previous high for runs scored against WSU in a regional game was when Oral Roberts defeated it 15-8 in 2002 at Eck Stadium.
WSU lost its fifth straight NCAA game, dating to the 2008 super regional at Florida State, the program’s longest skid. It lost four straight in 1994-95 and 1996-97.… Shocker right fielder Garrett Bayliff ended his 14-game hitting streak after going 0 for 3, but he scored three runs. He walked twice, reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout and reached on a throwing error. Bayliff had a 15-game hitting streak earlier this season.… Kansas State’s 20 runs are the most its scored against WSU, surpassing an 18-6 win in 2000 at Eck Stadium.
— Paul Suellentrop