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Shocker report Shocker report: WSU 15, Illinois State 5

  • Published Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 8:28 a.m.

Saturday’s box score

WSU 15, Illinois St. 5

Bayliff rf423010.278
Parker ss221120.299
Phillips ss010010.308
Gillaspie 1b332320.406
Simpson 3b210112.258
Arens c100000.000
Baker c411011.246
Kihle cf311321.313
Harbutz dh311100.263
Haddox dh100000.129
Kirk 2b121120.257
Koeiman 2b100001.233
Dearman lf311000.244
Green lf200001.249
Totals 30 15 11 13 12 6
Illinois State
Beesley cf201001.267
Voelker lf200000.164
Dwyer lf-cf400000.315
DeJong 2b210010.360
Hollenbeck c211010.352
Krenz c100000.182
Snyder 1b300002.209
Stewart 3b201100.224
Klein 3b010000.000
Leverett rf110011.235
Kelch dh200001.281
Czeszewski ph111400.250
Colon ss300002.254
Totals 25 5 4 5 3 7

Wichita St.213072015
Illinois St. 000 050 0 5

Game halted by run rule.

E — DeJong. DP — ISU. LOB — WSU 9, ISU 5. 2B — Baker (8). 3B — Kihle (1). HR — Gillaspie (15), Czeszewski (3). CS — Bayliff, Kihle.

K.Gardner W,2-43 2/3200245.09
Vielock1 2/3000002.33
Illinois State
Learnard L,1-31 2/3231617.88
Hecht2 1/3688535.02
Claver 1122106.75

WP — Learnard 2, Hecht. HBP — Stewart (by K.Gardner); Harbutz (by Hecht); Simpson (by Lambert); Koeiman (by Heilenbach); DeJong, Everett (by Looney). Umpires — home, David Condon; first, Michael Droll; third Rick Allen. T — 2:39. A — 302.

Back on the mound

WSU closer Foster Vielock last pitched on May 6 against Kansas State, ending a busy stretch in which he pitched in five of six games.

While coaches didn’t rest Vielock on purpose, he appreciated the break. On Saturday, he retired all five batters he faced.

“I wasn’t feeling worn down,” he said. “I didn’t ask for the rest, but it was nice.”

Every major piece of the pitching staff pitched against Illinois State and all enjoyed success. WSU compiled a 2.16 ERA and starter Sam Tewes and reliever T.J. Looney were the only ones to allow a run.

Take on the shift

Illinois State joined the ranks of teams employing a dramatic shift to counter WSU first baseman Casey Gillaspie.

The Redbirds moved their second baseman and third baseman between first and second and kept the shortstop close to second when Gillaspie came up in the first inning. He hit a groundball to the second baseman, who threw away a potential double-play ball trying to get Dayne Parker at second base.

Gillaspie came up with runners on second base in the second, third and fifth innings, meaning the Redbirds kept their third baseman closer to his base.

Gillaspie is used to the treatment and his approach is to ignore the hole opening up toward left field.

“They don’t pitch me any different, so I don’t even really look at it,” he said. “I don’t change my approach. Most of the time I don’t hit the ball on the ground anyway.”

Why shift against Gillaspie? He went 4 for 6 in the series and walked seven times to compile an .846 on-base percentage and 1.167 slugging percentage. He ends the regular season hitting .406 with a .721 slugging percentage, .478 in MVC games with a .940 slugging percentage.

Gillaspie hit home run No. 15 in the sixth inning. His 34 career homers ranked No. 16 on WSU’s list, one behind Logan Sorensen (2001-04).

Worth noting

WSU swept the Redbirds for the first time since 2009 and the first time in Normal since 2008. WSU won the series for an eighth straight season and has won five straight. WSU scored its most runs vs. Illinois State since a 15-1 win in 2005.… WSU starter Kris Gardner added his 3 2/3 scoreless to innings to nine he threw at Bass Field against Indiana State in the MVC Tournament.… WSU senior Garrett Bayliff went 3 for 11 in the series and is 14 for 30 in his career against the Redbirds.… Illinois State RBI-leader Paul DeJong went 1 for 10 and didn’t drive in a run in the series. The Redbirds hit .141 with two extra-base hits.

Paul Suellentrop

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