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Shocker report Shocker report: WSU 10, SIU 0

  • Published Friday, April 18, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, April 21, 2014, at 6:20 a.m.

Friday’s box score

WSU 10, SIU 0

S. IllinoisABRHBIBBSOAVG
Mucha acf300001.322
Kopach 2b301000.192
Welch ss200010.284
Casillas 1b200010.336
Daily dh301000.319
Hand rf300001.268
Osborne lf300001.279
Jones c300000.239
Farmer 3b200000.233
Totals 24 0 2 0 2 3
Wichita State
Kihle lf421001.377
Dearman dh311010.263
Koeiman dh000110.167
Bayliff rf412210.284
Gillaspie 1b311211.391
Simpson 3b423300.258
Parker 2b311011.295
Baker c412100.257
Green cf301101.290
Kirk ss411000.262
Totals 32 10 13 10 5 4

Southern Illinois00000000
Wichita State 500 010 4 10

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).

Southern IllinoisIPHRERBBSOERA
Coonrod L,0-55766433.74
Murphy1 1/3533013.42
Fogel0111104.66
Wichita State
Ladwig W, 3-57200231.32

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.”

Worth noting

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.

Paul Suellentrop

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