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WSU baseball loses to George Mason in 13 innings

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.

Wichita State’s bad luck in extra-inning games continued on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Luke Willis’ two-out infield single drove in Brandon Gum, who had reached on a walk, enabling George Mason to edge WSU 5-4.

It was a game of missed opportunities for both clubs as they stranded 30 baserunners, 15 each.

The only inning WSU did not have a baserunner was the 13th. The Shockers left the bases loaded in the 12th when Daniel Kihle flied out to center with two outs.

The outcome overshadowed a good showing by Casey Gillaspie. The WSU first baseman missed hitting for the cycle by a home run. He scored twice and walked twice. However, he hit into a double play in the ninth after Mikel Mucha had opened the inning with a single.

Mucha also made three brilliant catches in left. In the ninth with two outs, he ran down Tucker Tobin’s fly ball. In the 10th, he dove and grabbed Blaise Fernandez’ line drive. Then in the same inning with two outs, he grabbed Gum’s line drive, even though he collided with centerfielder Micah Green. Mucha was hurt on the play and had to leave the game.

The Shockers scored twice in the first. Kihle reached on an error and scored on Gillaspie’s double. Gillaspie scored on Tyler Baker’s single.

WSU tacked one more on in the third when Gillaspie opened with a triple and scored on Garrett Bayliff’s infield out.

Wichita State tied it at 4 in the seventh. Mucha reached on an error and scored on Bayliff’s single.

For the most part, WSU’s bullpen sparkled. Drew Palmer (four innings), Cody Tyler (one inning) and Reagan Biechler (five innings) combined for 10 innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits. T.J. Looney, who walked two in the 13th, took the loss.

WSU plays Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday and on Monday at 3 p.m.

George MasonABRHBIBBSOAVG
Cook 2b501001.458
Leemhuis rf601001.286
Willis cf511210.276
Tobin lf512111.385
Fernandez 3b702100.259
Montefusco dh501112.222
Toto c401010.389
Sable pr000000.000
Esposito c100001.000
Foley 1b110021.176
Evans ph100001.167
Murray 1b201001.571
Gum ss521010.333
Totals 47 5 11 5 7 9
Wichita State
Kihle dh611010.333
Mucha lf511000.357
Dearman lf200000.150
Gillaspie 1b523120.538
Bayliff rf701200.346
Baker 3b 602101.231
Green cf502000.320
Bobbit 2b201010.462
Koeiman 2b300000.118
Zimmerman c400002.375
Phillips ss501012.368
Totals 50 4 12 4 5 5

George Mason22000000000015
Wichita State20100010000004

E — Cook, Tobin, Fernandez, Gum, Mucha, Dearman. DP — GM, WSU. LOB — GM 15, WSU 15. 2B — Gillaspie (3). 3B — Gillaspie (1). S — Leemhuis, Green, Zimmerman. SF — Tobin. SB — Phillips (1). CS — Phillips.

George MasonIPHRERBBSOERA
Williams6531221.50
Porcella4510122.57
Coverdale W,1-02200214.50
Zombro S,11000002.25
Wichita State
Brummett 2544216.00
Palmer4000130.00
Tyler1100210.00
Biechler5300030.00
Looney L,0-110000015.43

WP — Coverdale, Tyler. HBP — Cook 2 (by Palmer and Biechler), Willis (by Brummett), Zimmerman (by Coverdale). Umpires — home, Bret Tharp; first, Tom Katancik; third, Mac Smith. T — 3:56. A — 521.

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