Friday’s box score
Tulane 5, WSU 1
One out when winning run scored.
E — Kihle, Baker 2, Kirk, Yandel. DP — WSU, Tulane 2. LOB — WSU 10, Tulane 11. 2B — Simpson (11), Green (11), Wilson (1). HR — Hope (3). S — Baker, Rogers, Hope. SB — Garner 2 (2), Carthon (7), DiMaggio (1).
WP — Gibbs. Balk — Ashford. Umpires — home, Gerrard Ascani; first, Paul Guillie; third, Ray Miller. T — 3:21. A — 1,786.
More new Shockers
Wichita State’s recruiting class grew by two this week with sophomore infielder Jordan Farris of Oxnard (Calif.) College and sophomore right-handed pitcher Jon Ferrendelli of Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) Community College signing.
Farris, from Ventura, Calif., is hitting .267 with three home runs at Oxnard. He started 26 games at second base at Arkansas in 2013, when WSU coach Todd Butler was there, and hit .222 with three home runs.
“Big, strong, athletic player,” Butler said. “He had a shoulder injury that was setting him back at the beginning of the season. He’s healthy and his numbers seem to be improving.”
Ferrendelli, from Gilbert, Ariz., is a two-way player at Chandler-Gilbert and will pitch at WSU. He is 7-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 97 strikeouts and 26 walks in 86 1/3 innings. He has thrown four complete games. As a freshman, he went 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA.
“He can really locate,” Butler said. “He’s not an overpowering guy, probably 88-91 mph, but he seems to really know what he’s doing on the mound.”
Keep him off base
WSU first baseman Casey Gillaspie went 0 for 5 and failed to reach base for the first time this season.
Tulane took away two hits with its infield shift, moving its shortstop behind second base and third baseman Hunter Hope toward second base. Gillaspie hit two balls up the middle that are hits against a regular defense. The Green Wave played him perfectly both times.
“We had a pretty nice little scouting report on him,” Tulane coach Jake Gautreau said. “We wanted to go ahead and shrink the field as much as we could and tonight it worked out our way.”
Butler doesn’t want Gillaspie, who is hitting .401, to change his approach to combat the tactic. Other teams, most notably Cal Santa Barbara, used the shift against WSU’s top hitter.
“He had two hits up the middle, and they’re playing right there,” Butler said. “He has to keep doing what he’s doing. You don’t want to try to out-think the shift.”
WSU senior Dayne Parker started at shortstop for the first time this season and will likely continue to play there, Butler said. He played Parker at second base previously to protect his throwing arm. Parker went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games … The series is a replacement for Creighton, which joined the Big East this season, with no return to Eck Stadium. The teams played a series in New Orleans in 2011 and in Wichita in 2012 … WSU catcher Tyler Baker committed his first throwing error of the season when he threw high to second base, allowing Andrew Garner to steal and move to third when the ball landed in center field in the fourth inning. He committed another throwing error in the 11th trying to throw out Garner at second … The Shockers fell to 5-11 in one-run games and 1-4 in extra innings.