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Shocker report Shocker report: Evansville 5, WSU 1

  • Published Friday, April 11, 2014, at 10:09 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 7:53 a.m.

Friday’s box score

Evansville 5, Wichita St. 1

Wichita StateABRHBIBBSOAVG
Kihle lf410001.344
Parker 2b401002.301
Gillaspie 1b401102.389
Simpson 3b300002.254
Bayliff rf400002.272
Green cf300003.293
Baker c302000.235
Kirk ss300002.239
Dearman dh300002.267
Totals 31 1 4 1 0 15
Evansville
Jyawook lf321021.343
Mahon 3b401311.283
Kaczmarski cf401011.281
Pollock c301100.333
Synek 2b400000.262
McKibban 1b321010.319
Ramon dh302000.256
Williams ss412001.115
Perry rf400102.280
Totals 32 5 90 5 5 6

Wichita State0000010001
Evansville03000011x5

E — Simpson, Williams, Freeland. DP — WSU, Evansville 2. LOB — WSU 4, Evansville 10. 2B — Baker (4), Mahon (9), Williams (3). SF — Pollock.

Wichita StateIPHRERBBSOERA
Ladwig L,2-56 2/3843241.47
Palmer1/3111103.80
Ashford2/3000012.66
Tyler1/3000213.52
Evansville
Freeland W,6-184100151.74
Johns1000012.41

WP — Ashford, Freeland. PB — Pollock. HBP — Simpson (by Freeland), Ramon (by Ladwig. Umpires — home, Danny Jimenez; first, Carlos Martinez; third, Jason Stidham. T — 2:39. A — 589.

One pitch, one chance

Wichita State coach Todd Butler continues to be disappointed in his team’s execution with runners on base. The Shockers went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and are 6 for 64 in the past seven games.

On Friday, two missed opportunities stuck out.

In the third, Tyler Baker led off with a double and reached third with no outs after Kyle Freeland’s pickoff throw glanced off the fielder’s glove. Tanner Kirk struck out after failing to get a bunt down. Freeland then struck out Tanner Dearman and got Daniel Kihle to fly out to strand Baker.

In the sixth, the Shockers wasted an even bigger opportunity after cutting the lead to 3-1. They had two on and no outs with Chase Simpson at the plate. He chopped a ball over Freeland to second baseman Boomer Synek to start a double play. Freeland struck out Garrett Bayliff to end the inning.

“All we’re doing is sac bunting there (with Simpson) and we pull it back and swing and hit into a double play,” Butler said. “We want to bunt them to second and third and have one out with Bayliff up and maybe we can get a base hit and score two.”

Freeland didn’t give the Shockers many other chances.

“He’s going to throw strikes and you’ve got to hit him,” Butler said. “He’s not going to walk you. You get about one pitch an at-bat to hit, and if you take it, he’s going to wipe you out with two strikes.”

Worth noting

Evansville won the series opener at Braun Stadium against WSU for the third straight time. WSU won the series 2-1 in 2010 and lost 2-1 in 2012.… WSU is 50 for 230 (.222) during its seven-game skid with 15 RBIs.… The losing streak is tied for sixth-longest in program history with teams in 1910-11, 1912-13 and 1949. In the post-1978 era, only the 2009 streak of eight games is longer.… Freeland tied his career-high with 15 strikeouts, first set last weekend at Charlotte. In his past two outings, Freeland has struck out 30 and walked one.

Paul Suellentrop

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