Casey Gillaspie is certainly living up to his preseason All-America predictions.
The switch-hitting first baseman hammered three hits in helping Wichita State defeat Coastal Carolina 5-2 Sunday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
For Gillaspie, it was just another day in the office. He now has hit safely in 10 straight games dating back to last season.
This season, he has multi-hit games in all seven games. He was not retired Sunday, reaching base in all five plate appearances. This improved his on-base percentage to .676.
In the three games in Myrtle Beach, he’s 8 for 12 (.667), scored five runs, has two RBIs and walked five times.
It was Gillaspie who scored WSU’s first run. He walked inthe third, went to third on Chase Simpson’s double, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 1.
The Shockers (5-2) took the lead for good in the fifth. Gillaspie opened with a single and scored on Tyler Baker’s triple. Baker scored on Daniel Kihle’s single.
WSU tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth. Gillaspie opened the seventh with a single and scored on Micah Green’s two-out single. In the eighth, Gillaspie drove in Tanner Dearman, who had doubled, with a single.
Sam Tewes earned his second win in as many starts, going five innings, allowing six hits and a run. Foster Vielock got his second save of the season.
Notes — Gillaspie has driven in 12 runs in the seven WSU games, nearly two a game. . . .Simpson returned to the lineup after missing three games. He had run a high fever. The third baseman hit two doubles and had a single in five at-bats. . . . Tewes threw 83 pitches, 56 for strikes (.675 strike percentage). . . . Lefty Kris Gardner made his season debut, after having to serve an NCAA suspension. He retired the first seven batters he faced. However, he allowed two singles and a walk to the next three batters. . . . WSU committed just one error ( a line drive got by Kihle in left) after having 14 errors in the previous six games. . . . Once again, the Shockers left a small village on base (12 baserunners with eight in scoring position). For the past three games, WSU has stranded 38 baserunners. . . . On Sunday, the Shockers were 3 for 18 at the plate with runners in scoring position. . . . The No. 8 batting position was not good for WSU. Cody Bobbit struck out once and then Zair Koeiman struck out four times. Koeiman is in the midst of a hugh slump, going 2 for 21 (.095). . . . Cale Elam (0-0, 1.80 ERA) will go to the mound for WSU on Monday against Coastal Carolina. . . . Left fielder Mikel Mucha, who suffered a shin bruise in a collision with centerfielder Green on Saturday, is expected to be able to play today.
E — Kihle. DP — WSU. LOB — WSU 12, C. Carolina 8. 2B — Dearman (1), Simpson 2 (2). 3B — Baker (1). S — Oberg, Remillard. SB — Kirk (1), Remillard (1).
|Vielock S,2||1 2/3||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Herb L,0-2||6 2/3||11||4||4||3||4||5.89|
HBP — Green (by Herb). WP — Herb, Kerr.