Cale Elam and two relievers combined to notch Wichita State’s first shutout of the season, blanking Coastal Carolina 10-0 Monday afternon at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Elam cruised through 6 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Aaron LaBrie went 1 2/3, allowing two hits and striking out three. Mitch McIntyre went the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. In all, the trio did not walk any.
On this final at-bat, Casey Gillaspie extended his multi-hit string to all eight games. In the eighth, he hit a towering homer over the right-field wall that landed on the roof of a building. Gillaspie singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, dating back to last season.
WSU pitchers allowed just one baserunner to reach third base and that was because of a throwing error by shortstop Tanner Kirk. Only two baserunners reached second and that also came because of the error.
Kirk opened WSU’s scoring with his first double of the season, leading off the third. He scored on Tanner Dearman’s single. The Shockers tacked on a run in the fourth when Gillaspie opened with a single and scored on Tyler Baker’s infield out.
WSU has handed two runs in the fifth. Kirk walked, and Cody Bobbiit’s sacrifice bunt was fielded by catcher Tyler Chadwick. Chadwick’s throw was dropped by first baseman Richard Carter. Dearman’s sacrifice bunt was fielded by pitcher Dalton Moats, who threw it over the third baseman’s head, allowing Kirk to score. Chase Simpson chased Bobbit home with a single.
Garrett Bayliff’s single, leading off the sixth resulted in WSU’s fifth run, when he came home on Bobbit’s groundout.
Sparked by Gillaspie’s three-run homer, the Shockers got five runs in the eighth.
Notes — Gillaspie’s on-base average continues to soar. He was hit by a pitch and intentionally walked. He reached base eight straight plate appearances against Coastal Carolina, before flying out in the seventh. In the games at Myrtle Beach, he was 10 for 15 (.667), scored seven runs, drove in five, walked six times and was hit by a pitch. That’s a .783 on-base percentage (18 for 23). He has 15 RBIs for the season. . . WSU committed just one error in each of the two final games. . . . Coastal Carolina, which committed four errors, has 19 errors in seven games. . . . Elam threw 83 pitches, 54 for strikes (.651). . . .WSU pitchers allowed no extra-base hits in the final three games and just two in the four games, both to Connecticut. . . .After 36 plate appearances, Micah Green finally drew a walk. . . . Garrett Bayliff singled in the sixth, only his third hit in 20 at-bats. . . . Zair Koeiman pinch hit in the eighth. He singled, breaking an 0-for-10 streak and recorded his first RBI. . . . WSU returns home for a three-game series with Long Beach State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Shocks will send A.J. Ladwig (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound on Friday.
E — Kirk, Burke 2, Carter, Moats. DP — WSU, Coastal Carolina. LOB — WSU 6, Coastal Carolina 6. 2B — Kirk (1). HR — Gillaspie (3). S — Bobbit, Dearman, Kirk. CS — Dearman.
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WP — Moats 2, Kerr 2. HBP — Gillaspie (by Moats), Hering (by Elam). Umpires — home, Barry Chambers; first, Joe Marion; third, Benny Pigg. T — 3:10. A — 512.