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Shocker report Shocker report: WSU 8, Dallas Baptist 5

  • Published Friday, May 9, 2014, at 11:02 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7:36 a.m.

Friday’s box score

WSU 8, Dallas Baptist 5

Turbin 2b401000.237
Alexander ph101100.245
Wesolowski 1b523101.301
Salters c400000.245
Listi cf411202.283
Martinelli rf400002.266
Wall lf412002.259
Talamantes dh301110.211
Duzenack ss411000.259
Knight 3b400000.212
Totals 37 50 10 5 1 7
Wichita State
Kihle cf401101.323
Bayliff rf300101.281
Gillaspie 1b311111.400
Simpson 3b411003.260
Baker c311010.241
Parker ss221320.299
Koeiman 2b310011.250
Green lf210001.262
Harbutz dh412200.286
Totals 28 8 7 8 5 8

D. Baptist0011000215
Wichita St. 040 300 10x 8

E — Simpson. DP — WSU. LOB — DB 6, WSU 4. 2B — Alexander (9), Duzenack (12), Kihle (11). 3B — Wall (2). HR — Wesolowaki (5), Listi (9), Parker (3), Gillaspie (14). S — Green. SF — Bayliff. SB — Green (4). CS — Harbutz.

Sneed L,7-33 1/3677344.28
Urban4 2/3111242.22
Wichita State
Elam 7 1/3844152.25
LaBrie1 2/3211022.57

WP — Elam. HBP — Green (by Sneed). Umpires — home, Randy Wetzel; first, Bill McGuire; third, Gregg Mudd. T — 2:45. A — 3,216.

Back with his bat

Wichita State senior Erik Harbutz singled in the second inning, his first hit since March 25 against Nebraska. Three days later, he collided with a teammate in the outfield against Cal State Fullerton. The resulting strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee kept him out until Tuesday’s game against Kansas State.

Harbutz is healthy enough to DH, with Tanner Dearman ready to pinch-run for him in the late innings.

“The knee feels pretty good,” he said. “I’m just trying to get some at-bats under my belt.”

Harbutz started 11 games and hit .286 before the injury. If the first two games of his return are an indication, he can help the Shockers. He hit the ball hard twice even while going 0 for 3 on Tuesday. On Friday, he singled twice and drove in two runs.

“I felt pretty comfortable,” he said. “Obviously, timing, you have to see pitches to feel more comfortable.”

WSU coach Todd Butler has been waiting to add another experienced hitter to his lineup. Harbutz has started 171 games in his career.

“We’ve missed him, his leadership, his experience,” Butler said.

On the list

WSU first baseman Casey Gillaspie is one of 30 players on the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball’s honor for the nation’s top amateur player, watch list.

Evansville pitcher Kyle Freeland is also on the list. Semifinalists will be announced May 27 and the trophy will be awarded July 17 in Los Angeles.

Gillaspie, a junior from Omaha, is hitting .400 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.

WSU two-way player Darren Dreifort won the Golden Spikes Award in 1993. Closer Braden Looper, in 1996, is the last Shocker to be a finalist for the award.

Worth noting

WSU second baseman Zair Koeiman went 0 for 3 with a walk to end a seven-game hitting streak.… WSU leads the series 7-1 and 6-1 at Eck Stadium. Dallas Baptist is in its first season as a baseball-only member of the Missouri Valley Conference.… The Shocker won the series opener for the third straight time in Valley play. It swept both previous series, against Southern Illinois and Bradley, both at home.… Patriots starter Cy Sneed last 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.… Five of Dallas Baptist’s 10 hits went for extra bases.

Paul Suellentrop

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