Gillaspie, Baker power Shockers to win

03/01/2013 5:05 PM

03/01/2013 5:05 PM

Casey Gillaspie and Tyler Baker continued their hot hitting and Kris Gardner made a belated pitching debut Friday as Wichita State beat Western Illinois 11-3 in Little Rock.

The victory pulls WSU to 3-3 after an 0-3 start. Western Illinois fell to 2-5.

Gillaspie doubled and homered, and Baker homered. Gillaspie, who is 6 for 12 in his last three games, drove in three runs.

Baker, who is 5 for 12 in his last four games, has a .900 slugging average this season. Gillaspie and Baker have three homers each. Gillaspie has a slugging average of .913.

Back from illiness, Gardner went six innings, allowing six hits, to earn the victory. He threw 53 strikes in his 77 pitches.

Several Shockers got a chance to play with the blowout vicotry. Outfielder Micah Green, off to a 1 for 8 start, made the most of his chance, going 3 for 4 and driving in two runs.

Garrett Brummett, son of Shocker great Mike Brummett, threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit. Brummett was tagged for three runs in 2 2/3 innings in his debut against Pittsburgh.

The Shockers put the game out of reach with four-run innings in the first and third. Cody Bobbit was hit by a pitch and Tanner Dearman walked in the first. Gillaspie doubled both home with a shot to left-center. After Johnny Coy struck out, Baker walked, and Erik Harbutz fouled out. Green drove in Gillaspie with a single and Baker scored on a wild pitch.

Baker’s homer and Mikel Mucha’s run-scoring single highlighted the scoring in the third. The other two runs came as a result of a balk and an infield groundout.

WSU moves to Conway, Ark., today for a doubleheader with New Orleans (noon) and Central Arkansas (4 p.m.).

Western Illinois ab R h bi bb so avg
Turner 2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Jeffers 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .333
Dispensa cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .296
Maestas rf 2 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Henning 3b 5 0 2 0 0 1 .207
Kedroski 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .160
Glore 1b 2 0 2 1 0 0 .500
Moore dh 2 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Garton dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .111
Stafford ss 3 1 1 0 1 0 .250
Reyes c 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Risdon c 2 1 1 0 0 0 .400
DeCook rf-cf 4 0 0 1 0 0 .200
Burling lf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .250
Maki lf 2 0 1 1 0 0 .154
Totals 38 3 10 3 1 6
Wichita State
Bobbit ss 3 1 0 1 1 0 .150
Dearman 2b 3 1 0 0 2 0 .235
Gillaspie 1b 5 2 2 3 0 0 .348
Coy dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .240
Moore ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Baker c 2 2 1 1 1 1 .350
Zimmerman c 2 1 1 0 0 1 .500
Harbutz 3b 3 2 1 1 1 0 .348
Kirk 3b 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500
Green lf 4 1 3 2 1 0 .364
Mucha rf 4 1 1 1 1 0 .235
Doggett cf 3 0 1 0 0 2 .200
Kihle cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Haddox cf 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Totals 35 11 12 9 9 5
Western Illinois 000 001 002 3
Wichita State 404 102 00x 11

E — Stafford, Maki, Bobbit, Harbutz. LOB — W. Ill. 9, WSU 10. 2B — Henning (2), Risdon (1), Gillaspie (2), Zimmerman (1), Kirk (1), Green (1). HR — Gillaspie (3), Baker (3). CS — Henning.

Western Illinois ip h r er bb so Era
Smith L,1-2 3 4 8 8 6 3 12.3
Owings 3 7 3 2 0 1 6.00
Welvaert 2 1 0 0 3 1 0.00
Wichita State
Gardner W,1-0 6 6 1 1 0 5 1.50
Brummett 2 1 0 0 0 1 5.79
Sanders 1 3 2 2 1 0 18.0

WP — Smith. HBP — Bobbit (by Smith). Balk — Smith. T — 2:24. A — 78.

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