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.
Notes — Josh Smith was the last WSU pitcher to throw a shutout and that came at Bradley on May 20, 2011.… .Bradley coach Elvis Dominguez has now lost 11 straight to WSU.… Harbutz stretched his hitting streak to eight games. The longest WSU streak this season is Baker’s nine games.… A. J. Ladwig (3-3, 4.78 ERA) will pitch for WSU on Saturday.… Elam threw 80 strikes in his 118 pitches.… Bradley’s Mike Tauchman’s 21-game hitting streak was snapped.… Johnny Coy struck out five times in five at-bats.… The Shockers had runners on first and second with no outs in the third and didn’t score. They had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth and didn’t score. They left runners at first and third and didn’t score in the seventh.… Casey Gillaspie, who leads the nation in walks, got one walk, his 41st of the season.
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.