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Shocker report (April 6)

  • Published Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 10:21 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, April 7, 2014, at 5:54 a.m.

Sunday’s box score

Indiana State 5, Wichita State 4

Dearman lf512000.287
Parker 2b401003.314
Gillaspie 1b322220.407
Simpson 3b412010.269
Kihle pr000000.373
Bayliff rf501000.277
Green cf400100.283
Bobbit dh401000.200
Arens c300000.000
Kirk ss401001.246
Totals 36 4 10 3 3 4
Indiana State
Curry cf400000.283
Zimmerman 3b400000.336
Hayes rf413000.282
Fitzgerald c120030.345
Rosselli dh413401.304
Wampler ss401001.330
Zahn 1b411001.264
Hannahs 2b301001.356
McClain lf200001.171
Totals 30 5 9 5 3 5

Wichita St.0001020014
Indiana St.01202000x5

E — Hannahs 2. LOB — WSU 10, ISU 5. 2B — Rosselli (2), Wampler (4). HR — Gillaspie 2 (8), Rosselli (1). S — Parker, McClain. SB — Dearman (14), Parker (1), Gillaspie (3), Hayes 2 (8). CS — Dearman.

Tewes L,4-25655333.35
K.Gardner 3300027.30
Indiana State
Kudrecki W,4-35411043.92
Keaffaber S,82/3110102.62

WP — Tewes 2. HBP — Arens (by Kudrecki). Umpires — home, Clint Wheeler; first, Don Umland; third, Tim Catton. T — 2:24. A — 207.

Both sides now

Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie became the first Shocker to homer from both side of the plate since Tim Hayes in 1998, also at Indiana State.

He went 2 for 3 on Sunday and 5 for 11 in the series and extended his career-long hitting streak to 16 games. However, Indiana State diluted his impact on the series by keeping runners off base in front of him. In Saturday’s doubleheader, Gillaspie batted once with runners on base and singled. On Sunday, the Sycamores walked him both times he came up with runners on. He led off an inning three times in the series and homered twice.

“We definitely want (Gillaspie) having runners on base so he can do more damage than what he’s already been doing,” WSU third baseman Chase Simpson said.

Gillaspie, a junior, is hitting .407 for the season with eight home runs — six left-handed and two right-handed. In six Missouri Valley Conference games, he is hitting .450 with six walks.

Getting ready for May

Construction is ongoing at Warn Field as Indiana State upgrades the facility to hold the MVC Tournament on May 20-24.

For the fans, 1,000 bleacher seats will be added down the right-field line and a portable video board will arise behind the center-field wall.

Renovations to the press box will make it suitable for TV and four radio crews. New field-level press boxes will house scorekeepers and media. The artificial turf infield is due for repairs soon. Indiana State will erect a tent behind third base for hospitality.

A local station broadcast Saturday’s first game as a test run for the tournament. MVC officials will watch the tape and make changes, if needed, to camera positions. In late April, MVC officials will tour the stadium for a final walk-through.

In the training room

WSU’s troubling injury list got worse on Saturday.

Catcher Parker Zimmerman took at least two foul balls off his helmet during the doubleheader and sat out Sunday’s game with a concussion. Catcher Tyler Baker, also suffering from a concussion, didn’t make the trip and hasn’t played since March 30 against Cal State Fullerton.

Bob Arens started for the first time this season in place of Zimmerman.

Outfielder Daniel Kihle, who played Saturday for the first time since March 9, sat out Sunday’s game with a sore left wrist. He is recovering from surgery on the wrist to remove his broken hamate bone.

Infielder Erik Harbutz (knee) did not make the trip. Outfielder Mikel Mucha is likely out for the season with a broken left leg.

On the positive side, outfielder Garrett Bayliff played all three games after missing three games with a strained left hamstring.

Worth noting

WSU was swept in an MVC road series for the first time since 2009 at Missouri State … WSU’s four-game losing streak is its longest of the season … The Sycamores won a third straight home series over WSU after winning 2-1 in 2012 and 2010. Both times WSU won on Sunday to avoid a sweep … Indiana State freshman Tony Rosselli, hitting .211 in 11 games entering the weekend, went 3 for 4 Sunday and hit his first home run … The Shockers lost their eighth one-run game of the season.

-Paul Suellentrop

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