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Shocker report: Wichita State 11, S. Illinois 1

  • Published Monday, April 21, 2014, at 6:32 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, April 21, 2014, at 6:36 a.m.

Sunday’s box score

WSU 11, SIU 1

S. IllinoisABRHBIBBSOAVG
Mucha cf400000.296
Kopach 2b310000.210
Welch ss201110.282
Casillas 1b300001.329
Daily as 1b301000.311
Hand rf201011.290
Osborne lf300000.270
Jones c202010.255
Farmer 3b100010.222
Sabo ph100000.226
Totals 24 1 5 1 4 2
Wichita State
Kihle lf433200.405
Parker 2b412100.306
Gillaspie 1b413200.401
Simpson 3b221100.259
Green cf301210.283
Bayliff rf311010.277
Koeiman dh412100.195
Baker c411201.262
Kirk ss210001.256
Phillips ss000000.308
Totals 30 11 14 11 4 2

Southern Illinois10000001
Wichita State 203 150 x 11

Game halted by run rule.

E — Kirk. DP — SIU, WSU 3 LOB — SIU 6, WSU 6. 2B — Green (10), Simpson (10), Kihle (8), Koeiman (1). 3B — Welch (1), Baker (2). HR — Kihle (3). SB — Gillaspie (5).

Southern IllinoisIPHRERBBSOERA
Hauge L,3-33655223.77
Whitmer1 1/3644004.85
Weld2/3222102.21
Pruemer 1000101.72
Wichita State
Tewes W,6-26410423.08
Palmer1100003.86

HBP —— Kirk (by Weld). Umpires — home, Greg Mudd; first, Jeff Spisak; third, Travis Olson. T — 1:55. A — 2,384.

A deeper lineup

Slotting Daniel Kihle at the top of the lineup has enabled coach Todd Butler to experiment some with spots 2-9, but it has done more to establish permanence within the batting order.

Butler tried Casey Gillaspie in the cleanup spot three times this week, but Sunday against left-handed Southern Illinois starter Aaron Hauge, the switch-hitting Gillaspie was hitting third, where he spent Wichita State’s first 35 games.

Kihle, Dayne Parker and Gillaspie had eight combined hits in the first three spots in the order, and though some spots are interchangeable depending on the opposing pitcher, WSU’s lineup looked as fluid as ever on Sunday.

“(Kihle) is absolutely amazing,” Gillaspie said. “…He’s a great teammate and a good leadoff, and I’m thankful that he’s in that leadoff spot.”

Left-handed hitters Tyler Baker and Garrett Bayliff occupied spots in the second half of the order Sunday, and each reached base twice and scored a run. Bayliff has hit in each of the first six spots except first.

“The lineup is kind of getting set now,” Kihle said. “Everybody is starting to get healthy and coming back. It’s huge that everybody is starting to get in synch and starting to hit the ball together.”

-Jeffrey Lutz

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