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shocker report Shocker report: KU 10, WSU 3

  • Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 10:55 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 5:44 a.m.

Tuesday’s box score

KU 10, WSU 3

Protacio ss520012.286
Wright 2b434110.321
Suiter lf410110.343
Smith dh-p523310.324
McKay rf401002.278
Tharp cf110000.304
Beck 1b301201.260
Pidhaichuk 1b200001.250
Hernandez 3b513000.275
Eldredge c401001.291
Totals 41 10 14 9 5 7
Wichita State
Kihle lf-cf401001.353
Bayliff rf300010.288
Gillaspie 1b400000.395
Simpson 3b400000.258
Baker c412000.248
Arens c000000.000
Green cf-lf421001.285
Parker ss401100.297
Koeiman 2b301010.208
Dearman dh300010.247
Totals 33 3 6 3 3 2

Wichita State 010 000 200 3

E — Beck, Gillaspie, Simpson 2. DP — WSU. LOB — KU 13, WSU 6. 2B — Smith (6), Beck (5), Wright 2 (8), Parker (7), Baker (6), Kihle (9). 3B — Hernandez (2). S — Eldredge. CS — Dearman.

Hander W,2-15210212.94
Wichita State
Tyler L,0-11244127.27
Palmer3 2/3622144.60

WP — Ashford. HBP — Suiter, Tharp (by Tyler); Wright (by Looney). Umpires — home, Terry Harrison; first, Carlos Martinez; third, Bob Homolka. T — 6:35 A — 3,003.

In the right direction

Kansas has won four games in a row following a four-game losing streak that included a sweep at the hands of Oklahoma State, and the Jayhawks have done it mostly with offense, even though the streak started with a 1-0 win over Baylor.

KU has scored 28 runs in its last three games, evening its record in the Big 12 by completing the sweep of Baylor, then beating Wichita State for the fourth time in a row.

The Jayhawks’ hottest hitter has been second baseman Colby Wright. Tuesday, he sparked KU’s four-run first inning against Cody Tyler with a walk, and he ended the night 4 for 4 with two doubles, a sacrifice bunt and was hit in the ninth.

“It was good to get out early and be able to settle in when we’ve been struggling for runs this last month,” Wright said. “That’s always welcome. The goal is to score five, so when we do that we always have a good shot to win.”

KU’s next plays Texas Tech for a three-game series in Lawrence. The Red Raiders are in third place in the Big 12 at 11-7, two games ahead of the fifth-place Jayhawks. The following series is against sixth-place West Virginia.

“It’s coming at the right time of the season,” Wright said. “Coach (Ritch Price) always talks about getting hot at the right time, and it seems like we’re doing that. Two huge weekends coming up, so hopefully we can keep riding it.”

Jeffrey Lutz

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