Cale Elam threw Wichita State’s first complete-game shutout since 2011 as the Shockers whipped host Bradley 4-0 Friday in Peoria, Ill., to move into a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley.
Creighton lost to Indiana State 6-1, and Missouri State defeated Southern Illinois 7-3. WSU, Creighton and Missouri State are 5-2.
Elam struck out a career-high 13 and allowed only one baserunner to third base. Austin Jarvis hit a one-out single in the fifth. Elam threw two of his three wild pitches to get Jarvis to third, but ended the threat there.
Elam allowed five hits, all singles, and only three baserunners reached second.
David Koll, the Bradley starter who took the loss, also had a career strikeout game with 10. He came in with 24 walks in 38 2/3 innings but allowed just one walk.
Micah Green, who had just two at-bats in the previous four games, got the Shockers on the board in the second. He singled and scored on a two-out double by Tyler Baker.
WSU erupted for three in the eighth. Erik Harbutz opened with a double and Green followed with a triple. Green scored on a wild pitch. Then, catcher Parker Zimmerman hit his first collegiate homer.
E — Compitello. DP — WSU. LOB — WSU 10, Bradley 4. 2B — Baker (8), Bayliff (5), Harbutz (7). 3B — Green (2). HR — Zimmerman (1). S — Bayliff, Bobbit, Tauchman.
|Elam W, 4-1||9||5||0||0||0||13||2.15|
|Koll L,1-4||6 2/3||6||1||1||1||10||5.49|
WP — Elam 3, Roegner. Umpires — Tim Catton, home; Scott Wilkerson, first; Todd Ohlinger, third. T — 2:19. A — 101.