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Shockers pile up 16 runs in win over UCSB

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 8:38 p.m.

Wichita State’s bats erupted Saturday and Cale Elam won his third straight game as the Shockers pounded host UC-Santa Barbara 16-5.

The Gauchos, ranked 20th by Collegiate Baseball, suffered their worst loss of the season. UCSB fell to 12-3 while WSU improved to 11-5.

Elam was brilliant through six innings, blanking UCSB on two hits before surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh.

The Shockers opened the rout in the third when Dayne Parker drove in two runs with a double.

But the Shocks left no doubt with a seven-run fifth, WSU’s second-most productive inning this season.

After an out, Parker singled and so did Casey Gillaspie and Garrett Bayliff. Bayliff’s single drove in Parker. Tyler Baker walked, and Micah Green hit a two-run bases-loaded single to drive in Gillaspie and Bayliff. Chase Simpson followed with his first homer of the season, a three-run shot.

WSU added five more in the eighth. Baker’s three-run homer, his first of the season, highlighted the inning.

Notes: WSU has committed two errors in its last three games, both by shortstop Tanner Kirk.… Sam Tewes (3-1, 2.70 ERA) will pitch for the Shockers on Sunday in the rubber match.… Starting pitchers have an ERA of 2.41 in the past eight games while relievers are 3.63 (nine earned runs in 22 1/3 innings).… Parker, elevated to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, responed with four hits and four RBIs. Bayliff, who had been batting second, was dropped to the clean-up spot.… Baker raised his average to .400 in the past eight games with a pair of hits.… Elam threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes.… The 16 runs is the second-most game of the season. WSU got 21 against SIU-Edwardsville.

Dearman dh412100.220
Bobbit dh201100.280
Parker 2b624400.375
Gillaspie 1b622001.400
Bayliff rf521110.313
Baker c422310.292
Zimmerman c101000.364
Green cf611201.290
Simpson 3b521411.259
Kirk ss312000.233
Harbutz ss210010.154
Haddox lf220031.375
Totals 46 16 17 16 7 4
UC-Santa Barbara
Epperson 3b301000.492
Clark 3b202100.444
Maris ss301000.254
Israel ss100000.000
Woodward 2b400100.296
Kuresa 1b311000.266
Kelly 1b200000.000
Calica cf120030.400
Nesovic p-dh300001.316
Grover ph010000.263
Newell lf300100.246
Wear ph010010.000
Quinlan rf200002.268
Rustich ph1011001.000
Gradford lf000100.000
Morrow c300002.000
Costa c100001.000
Totals 32 5 6 5 5 7

Wichita State00307005116
UC-S. Barbara0000002035

E — Kirk (5), Maris (2), Kuresa (2), Chapman (1). LOB — WSU 10, UCSB 8. 2B — Dearman (3), Parker (1), Baker (2), Clark (2), Kuresa (6). HR — Baker (1), Simpson (1). SF — Gradford. SB — Kirk (2).

Elam W,3-07422251.42
UC-Santa Barbara
Nesovic L,1-14 2/3563122.53

WP — Elam 2, Nesovic, Chapman. HBP —Umpires — home Grover (by Looney), Woodward (by Ashford). Umpires — Allen Williams; first, John Visciglia; third Rob Hansen. T — 3:09. A — 350.

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