Friday’s box score
WSU 10, SIU 0
One out when game halted by run rule.
E — Farmer, Bayliff. LOB — SIU 5, WSU 8. 2B — Gillaspie (10), Green (9), Simpson (9). HR — Simpson (4). SF — Green. SB — Kihle (5).
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HBP — Kihle (by Fogel). PB — Jones. Umpires — home, Jeff Spisak; first, Jason Blackburn; third, Travis Olson. T — 2.08. A — 2,955.
Ready to rebound
Wichita State coach Todd Butler is confident starter Cale Elam is healthy after taking a line drive off his elbow two weeks ago.
Elam lasted a season-low three innings in his previous start and allowed seven hits and six runs at Evansville. While he didn’t think the elbow was a problem, Butler was relieved to see him throw this week in practice.
“He threw a bullpen (Thursday) and felt good,” Butler said. “I think his arm was heavy last weekend, just a little heavy arm from that line drive.”
Elam got hit on April 5 at Indiana State in the fourth inning. He finished the inning and pitched the fifth before coming out of the game.
Small spaces are fine
Home-plate umpire Jeff Spisak gave both pitchers a consistent by-the-book strike zone. That approach works for WSU’s A.J. Ladwig, for whom accuracy is no problem. He didn’t need any leeway to make his pitches.
“That doesn’t affect him,” catcher Tyler Baker said. “Umpires in this league, you’re used to getting (an inch or so) off (the plate). When you’re not getting anything off, it’s kind of tough.”
It was for SIU starter Sam Coonrod, who walked four while laboring through five innings. Ladwig, helped by a 5-0 lead, cruised and didn’t let the zone rattle him.
“He wasn‘t really giving the corners, but I felt I could just throw it where ever I wanted,” Ladwig said. “There were a couple that I thought could have gone our way, but oh well.”
Southern Illinois center fielder Dyllin Mucha is the younger brother of WSU outfielder Mikel Mucha, who is out of for the season with a fractured left leg.… WSU third baseman Chase Simpson homered for the fourth time this season and the second time in three games.… The Shockers recorded their second run-rule win the past two MVC games. On Sunday, they defeated Evansville 13-3 in eight innings.… Ladwig gave WSU its fourth shutout of the season and first since a 5-0 win over Missouri State on March 21. Ladwig pitched seven innings in that victory.