Chronicling 36 years with Gene Stephenson at Wichita State

06/04/2013 4:49 PM

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Feb. 11 — WSU athletic director Ted Bredehoft hires Gene Stephenson to restart a program inactive since 1970.


March 12 — WSU opens with a doubleheader against Emporia State at Fort Worth. WSU loses the first game 4-2 and ties the second 4-4.

March 14 — WSU gets its first win under Stephenson, defeating the University of Dallas 7-4.

April 18 — Larry Groves throws the program’s first no-hitter, a five-inning, 11-0 victory over Kansas Newman.

May 5 — WSU sweeps a doubleheader to give Stephenson his first victories over Oklahoma State, 3-2 and 7-5.

May 21 — Southern Illinois defeats the Shockers 10-8 in the MVC Tournament in Omaha in the championship game, ending WSU’s season at 43-30-1.


April 9 — Defending national champion Southern Cal defeats WSU 13-1 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

May 20 — Southern Illinois defeats WSU 18-3 in the MVC Tournament at Lawrence-Dumont, ending the Shockers’ season at 65-15.

Outfielder Joe Carter becomes the program’s first All-America selection.


May 20 — WSU wins its first MVC Tournament with a 12-1 victory over SIU.

May 22 — Missouri defeats WSU 5-4 in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Tulsa, Stephenson’s first NCAA appearance.

May 23 — California eliminates the Shockers with a 5-1 victory.

Carter becomes the first Shocker named MVC player of the year and Stephenson earns his first MVC coach of the year honor.


May 22 — WSU defeats Clemson 7-2 in the Atlantic Regional at Clemson for its first NCAA victory.

May 24 — East Tennessee State eliminates WSU 5-4.

Carter is named national player of the year by the Sporting News and All-America Baseball News.


March 7 — WSU defeats Fort Hays State 16-0 for the program’s 500th victory.

May 16 — WSU defeats Southern Illinois 12-8 to win the MVC Tournament.

May 31 — WSU defeats New Orleans 8-1 to win the South Regional at New Orleans and advance to the College World Series for the first time. Led by starters Don Heinkel, Bryan Oelkers and Erik Sonberg, WSU pitchers give up one run in three regional games, allowing 10 hits with 25 strikeouts.

June 2 — Oelkers shuts out Cal State-Fullerton 7-0 to give the Shockers their first CWS victory.

June 7 — Miami defeats WSU 4-3.

June 11 — WSU defeats Texas 8-4 to advance to the CWS championship round, needing to defeat Miami twice.

June 12 — Miami wins the CWS title with a 9-3 victory over WSU. The game was also notable for Miami’s execution of a hidden-ball trick that fooled WSU’s Phil Stephenson (Gene’s brother) and the ejection of WSU’s Jim Thomas (formerly a Shocker assistant) after he made the final out of the game.

Phil Stephenson is named national player of the year by All-America Baseball News and Gene Stephenson is named coach of the year by the same publication. WSU’s 73 victories (73-14) still stands as the NCAA record for wins in a season.


May 28 — Oral Roberts defeats WSU 6-5 in the Midwest Regional in Stillwater.

OF Russ Morman is named MVC player of the year, the fourth straight Shocker so honored.


May 15 — Indiana State eliminates WSU in the MVC Tournament with a 7-3 victory at Carbondale, Ill.

May 20 — Miami defeats WSU 5-4 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The Shockers miss the NCAA Tournament and finish the season 40-22.


April 11 — WSU defeats Kansas Newman 12-2 in its first game at Eck Stadium, a $700,000 project that adds a grandstand, lights, clubhouse, offices and wood fencing to Shocker Field.

May 13 — WSU defeats Indiana State 5-2 to win the MVC Tournament, its first since 1982.

May 27 — WSU defeats Oklahoma State 7-2 to force a second championship game in the Midwest Regional in Stillwater. OSU wins the championship with a 10-6 victory later that day.

Pitcher Ken Greenwood is named MVC player of the year.


May 18 — Indiana State defeats WSU 6-3 in the MVC Tournament in Carbondale, Ill., ending the Shockers’ season at 45-18.


Feb. 22 — WSU defeats Kearney (Neb.) State 9-3 for Stephenson’s 500th victory.

May 24 — Oral Roberts eliminates WSU with an 11-4 victory in the NCAA West I Regional in Palo Alto, Calif.

Outfielder Tim Raley is named MVC player of the year.


May 30 — WSU makes its return to Omaha with a 15-5 victory over top-ranked Oklahoma State in the Midwest Regional at Stillwater. The Cowboys had forced a second championship game with a 12-7 victory earlier in the day.

June 3 — The Shockers open the CWS with a 5-4 victory over Florida.

June 5 — WSU defeats Arizona State 7-4.

June 8 — Arizona State, down to its last strike and trailing 3-2, ties the score and wins 4-3 in the 10th to keep WSU out of the CWS championship game.

June 10 — Arizona State routs WSU 19-1 to eliminate the Shockers from the CWS. The Shockers end the season 56-16-1.

David Haas is named MVC pitcher of the year.


Feb. 19 — Arkansas defeats WSU and pitcher Greg Brummett 5-1 in the opener.

Feb. 25 — WSU defeats Kearney State to start a 24-game winning streak, still the program’s best.

March 26 — Hawaii defeats WSU 7-2 to end the streak.

May 20 — Indiana State defeats WSU 12-7 to win the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium.

May 28 — Designated hitter Mike Wentworth hits one of WSU’s most famous home runs — his first of the season — to give the Shockers a 5-4 lead on their way to a 6-4 victory over Fresno State in the West II Regional in Fresno, Calif. The Shockers, beaten by Michigan earlier in the day, avoid elimination.

May 29 — WSU defeats Michigan 3-2 and 9-5 to win the regional and return to Omaha.

June 2 — Brummett and WSU open the CWS with a 3-1 victory over Arkansas.

June 4 — Florida State sends WSU into the losers bracket with a 4-2 victory.

June 6 — Catcher Eric Wedge hits a three-run homer and Brummett beats Arkansas again in an 8-4 victory.

June 7 — WSU defeats top-seeded Florida State 7-4 in a game halted by a rain delay. Wedge drives in two runs with a single after the delay to give the Shockers a 5-3 lead.

June 9 — Wentworth’s postseason magic comes through again with a three-run homer to tie Florida State 4-all in the third inning. The Shockers take that momentum and defeat the Seminoles 12-9, handing FSU pitcher Clyde Keller his first loss of the season.

June 10 — WSU wins the national title with a 5-3 victory over Texas. Brummett wraps up the CWS MVP with six strikeouts in the complete-game victory. Pat Meares hits a two-run homer in the sixth inning for the Shockers, who win with seven hits and are helped by four Texas errors.

June 11 — A packed house at Eck Stadium welcomes the Shockers back from Omaha.

June 16 — The Shockers visit the White House and President George Bush. Brummett gives the president a WSU jersey, emblazoned with Bush’s name and the number 1.

Wedge is named MVC player of the year and a finalist for the R.E. “Bob” Smith and Golden Spikes awards. Brummett is named MVC pitcher of the year and Stephenson is named national coach of the year by the Sporting News and the American Baseball Coaches Association.


Feb. 9 — The defending national champions open the season with a 13-6 victory over LSU in Haines City, Fla.

March 20 — Tyler Green throws the program’s only nine-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 victory over New Mexico at Eck Stadium.

May 17 — Bradley eliminates WSU from the MVC Tournament with a 7-3 victory.

May 25 — WSU’s first chance to host an NCAA regional starts with a 4-2 loss to Georgia Southern in the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium.

May 27 — UCLA ends WSU’s season with a 7-5 victory. The Shockers finish the season 45-19.

June 13 — Stephenson takes himself out of the running for the vacant Oklahoma job. Athletic director Tom Shupe puts together a $1 million annuity payable to Stephenson if he stays at WSU another eight years.


May 27 — WSU scores seven runs in the eighth inning to defeat California 11-5 to win the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium. Todd Dreifort’s grand slam capped the inning and provided the final margin.

June 1 — WSU opens its fourth trip to Omaha with an 8-5 victory over Long Beach State. Catcher Doug Mirabelli hits a two-run homer in the fifth to put WSU ahead 6-4.

June 3 — In a game that ranks as one of the best in CWS history, WSU defeats Creighton 3-2 in 12 innings. WSU starter Tyler Green strikes out 14, but the game will be remembered for center fielder Jim Audley’s throw to home to get Creighton’s Steve Bruns at home in the bottom of the 12th to preserve WSU’s lead. Reliever Jaime Bluma strikes out five over three innings for the Shockers and Audley scores the winning run in the top of the 12th on a groundball by Scot McCloughan.

June 5 — WSU defeats Creighton 11-3, its eighth victory over the Bluejays in 1991. The Shockers return to the CWS title game with pitcher Kennie Steenstra improving to 17-0. Mike Jones hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give WSU a 6-3 lead.

June 7 — LSU’s Armandos Rios hit a two-run home run in the second inning off Green to send the Tigers on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Shockers. LSU knocks out Green in the fourth inning. Rios was then part of a two-run fourth, when he is hit by a Darren Dreifort pitch and later scores on a triple by Rich Cordani for a 6-2 lead.

Steenstra is named MVC pitcher of the year.


May 22 — WSU opens the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium with a 9-0 victory over George Washington.

May 25 — The Dreifort brothers come through again as WSU makes its return to Omaha with a 5-2 victory over Oklahoma State. Darren holds the Cowboys in check for 4ð innings out of the bullpen and Todd hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning for a 4-2 lead. WSU pitchers give up three runs in the four regional games, throwing shutouts against GW and Oklahoma State (5-0).

May 30 — Pepperdine’s Patrick Ahearne holds WSU to three singles and strikes out nine over 7Ð innings in a 6-0 victory to open the CWS.

June 1 — Oklahoma roughs up Darren Dreifort for five runs in ð of inning on its way to an 8-4 victory. WSU ends its season 56-11 and fails to win a CWS game for the first time in five trips.


May 24 — Despite a 58-17 record, a top-10 ranking in both polls and MVC season and tournament titles, WSU is seeded third and heads to Atlanta for the Atlantic Regional.

May 29 — WSU’s Richie Taylor scores the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to beat Georgia Tech 4-3. WSU was down to its last out when Taylor singled and Toby Smith followed with a single to score Carl Hall and tie the score. The throw to home got by Georgia Tech catcher Jason Varitek, and Taylor scored when another throw to Varitek was wild.

May 30 — Jason Adams drove in two runs with a single and Smith homered to help WSU defeat Ohio State 5-3 to win the regional title. The Buckeyes won an earlier game 8-6 to force a second championship game.

June 3 — Los Angeles takes Darren Dreifort with the second pick in the draft.

June 5 — Darren Dreifort gives up a tying two-run home run to Arizona State’s Sean Tyler in the ninth, then wins the game with a homer in the 11th in a 4-3 WSU victory to open the CWS.

June 7 — WSU, down five runs early in the game, defeats Texas 7-6. Dreifort hits a two-run homer in the sixth to cut Texas’ lead to 6-3, then the Shockers score four in the eighth.

June 10 — With two outs, Casey Blake drove in three runs with a double in the eighth inning to blow open a 10-4 WSU victory over Oklahoma State and send the Shockers back to the title game. Blake also drove in two runs in the third, helping WSU defeat OSU for the 10th time in 11 games.

June 12 — LSU freshman Brett Laxton strikes out 16 Shockers in an 8-0 victory for the Tigers. LSU’s Todd Walker hits a two-run homer in the first off WSU starter Travis Wyckoff to get LSU started.

Darren Dreifort is Valley pitcher of the year and wins R.E. “Bob” Smith and Golden Spikes awards.


April 9 — WSU pitcher Mike Drumright strikes out 17 Illinois State batters, a school record, in a 3-2 victory in 12 innings.

May 28 — WSU is swept out of the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium with a 13-1 loss to Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech’s Nomar Garciaparra drives in two runs and Varitek homers.

Outfielder Carl Hall is named MVC player of the year and Shane Dennis is named pitcher of the year.


May 13 — WSU defeats Creighton 4-0 to give Stephenson his 1,000th victory.

May 29 — Lamar dumps WSU out of the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium with a 4-1 victory.

Mike Drumright is named MVC pitcher of the year.


May 25 — Pitchers Brandon Baird and Braden Looper combine to shut down defending national champion Fullerton in a 6-1 victory in the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium. Adam McCullough and Blake homer for the Shockers.

May 26 — Nathan Reese, Randy Young, Jerry Stine and Jeff Ryan homer for WSU in a 16-6 victory over Rice in the championship game. Wyckoff gives up one hit in 4ð innings in relief.

June 1 — Down 9-1, WSU rallies to get within 9-8 before losing to LSU in its opener in Omaha. The Shockers left the bases loaded in the ninth when pinch hitter Ben Thomas flied out.

June 3 — Florida State eliminates WSU with an 8-4 victory. WSU led 3-1 but Looper gave up five runs in 1ð innings.

Blake is named MVC player of the year.


May 22 — WSU blows an 8-0 lead and loses 10-9 to North Carolina State in the opener of the South II Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

May 23 — Alabama eliminates WSU 6-2.


March 31 — WSU starts a 22-game winning streak, second in the program’s history, with a 22-3 win over Kansas Newman.

May 10 — WSU defeats Northern Iowa 10-5 to finish a 26-1 run through the MVC schedule.

May 21 — WSU defeats Southeast Missouri State 7-4 in the opener of the Midwest Regional, the Shockers’ 34th straight victory at Eck Stadium.

May 22 — Arkansas ends WSU’s home winning streak with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.

May 23 — Arizona State ends WSU’s season with a 6-4 victory.

Outfielder Jeff Ryan is named MVC player of the year and reliever Marc Bluma is named pitcher of the year. Stephenson wins his 12th and final MVC coach of the year honor.


March 16 — WSU catcher Brian Preston hits a school record four home runs in a 12-1 victory at Missouri.

April 23 — WSU pitcher Ben Christenson hits Evansville leadoff batter Anthony Molina in the head with a thrown ball before the start of the game. Molina was standing approximately 24 feet from home plate. The throw fractures Molina’s skull and causes eye problems. Christensen maintains the throw was meant only to warn Molina against timing his pitches, not to hit him.

April 30 — The MVC suspends Christensen for the rest of the season and pitching coach Brent Kemnitz for the remaining 14 regular-season games and any postseason games involving Evansville.

May 28 — WSU opens the Wichita Regional with a 13-5 victory over Oral Roberts.

May 30 — Oklahoma State defeats WSU 11-8 and 7-6 to win the regional and advance to a super regional.


Feb. 25 — WSU opens the season with a 10-2 victory over Iowa at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, where the Shockers play their first 12 home games while a $7.7æmillion renovation of Eck Stadium is completed.

March 28 — California wins the first game at the renovated stadium 5-3.

May 29 — Nebraska defeats WSU 8-1 in the championship round of the Minneapolis Regional.

Second baseman Blake Blasi is named MVC player of the year.


April 29 — Southwest Missouri State defeats WSU 3-2 to complete a four-game sweep of the Shockers and all but end WSU’s streak of 14 straight MVC titles. WSU is swept for the first time in a four-game MVC series and for the first time in any MVC series in 111 chances.

May 17 — Southwest Missouri State knocks WSU out of the MVC Tournament with a 7-3 victory.

May 21 — WSU misses out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986.


May 18 — WSU defeats Southern Illinois 6-1 to clinch the MVC title for the 15th time in 16 seasons.

May 26 — Drew Moffitt’s single gives WSU a 7-6 victory over Southwest Missouri State in 11 innings in the MVC Tournament championship game.

May 31 — Errors by pitcher John Tetuan and second baseman Brian Burgamy hurt the Shockers in a 6-1 loss to Oral Roberts in the opener of the Wichita Regional.

June 1 — Burgamy drives in four runs to help WSU stay alive with an 8-4 victory over Oklahoma. But the Shockers commit six errors later that day in a 15-8 loss to Oral Roberts, ending their season.

Tetuan is named MVC pitcher of the year and Burgamy is named player of the year.


May 3 — WSU loses a two-run lead in the ninth and falls 5-4 at Southwest Missouri State, sparking the Bears to three wins in the series and another MVC title.

May 23 — Ryan Bell’s two-run double gives WSU a 9-8 victory over SMSU in 11 innings, sending the Shockers into the championship round of the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium.

May 24 — WSU starter David Sanders shuts out SIU on four hits for a 3-0 victory in the title game. Pitchers Jereme Foster and Tommy Hottovy combine for a four-hitter in a 2-1 victory earlier in the day.

May 30 — WSU freshman pitcher Mike Pelfrey holds Mississippi to nine hits over seven innings and the Shockers open the Houston Regional with a 4-2 victory.

June 1 — Rice, the eventual CWS champion, defeats WSU 5-2 in the championship round.


March 5 — WSU defeats Louisiana-Lafayette 4-2 to open the season.

March 18 — WSU defeats Kansas State 3-1 to open the season 8-0, the team’s best start since the 1992 team went 10-0.

March 23 — Long Beach State ends WSU’s streak with a 2-1 victory.

March 24 — Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver strikes out 16 Shockers in six shutout innings in a 10-1 victory.

May 28 — Moffitt homers three times and drives in a school-record 10 runs in a 15-1 victory over Southwest Missouri State in the MVC Tournament.

May 29 — WSU defeats Southern Illinois 5-1 and 11-3 to win its third straight MVC Tournament title.

June 4 — Pelfrey strikes out 14 in a 3-0 victory over Missouri in the opener of the Fayetteville Regional.

June 5 — Moffitt leads off the 11th with a solo home run to give WSU a 4-3 victory over Arkansas. Freshman pitcher Kris Johnson takes a shutout into the seventh inning.

June 6 — Arkansas defeats WSU 11-9 and 4-3 to win the regional. In the first game, WSU leads 9-6 with two outs in the ninth when the Razorbacks rally, capped by a grand slam by catcher Brady Toops. WSU outhits Arkansas 11-3 in the second game but commits six errors.

Pelfrey is named MVC pitcher of the year and first baseman Logan Sorensen and third baseman Brandon Green share MVC player of the year honors.


May 17 — Outfielder Matt Brown homers to help WSU defeat OSU 6-1 as the Shockers sweep the season series in the first regular-season meetings between the rivals since 1996.

May 20 — Needing a sweep of Bradley to tie Creighton for the MVC title, WSU loses the series opener 9-8. The Braves rough up Pelfrey for seven hits and eight runs in six innings.

May 21 — Stephenson wins his 1,500th game when WSU wins at Bradley 3-0. He becomes the second NCAA coach to win 1,500 games.

May 28 — Catcher Brandon Hall drives in four runs to help WSU defeat Creighton 10-3 and win its 15th MVC Tournament.

June 3 — Winthrop’s Kevin Slowey outduels Pelfrey in a 2-1 victory to open the Knoxville Regional. Slowey strikes out 13, Pelfrey seven.

June 5 — Tennessee ends WSU’s season with a 12-2 victory in the championship round. Tyler Hill doubles to drive in the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Winthrop in an earlier elimination game.

Pelfrey is named MVC pitcher of the year.


March 19 — WSU completes a three-game sweep at No. 21 Long Beach State to improve to 20-3.

April 14 — The Shockers trailed Missouri State and ace Brett Sinkbeil 5-2 in the seventh before rallying to win 7-5 and start a sweep.

April 22 — Second baseman Damon Sublett homers twice and drives in eight runs in a 19-13 win over Bradley.

May 2 — WSU jumps on No. 8 Oklahoma for an 8-0 lead after two innings on its way to a 9-5 win in front of 6,791 fans, then the largest regular-season crowd in Eck Stadium history.

May 26 — MVC champion Evansville run-rules the Shockers 14-3 in the conference tournament at Eck Stadium

June 2 — WSU pitcher Aaron Shafer out-duels Houston’s Brad Lincoln in a 2-1 victory to open NCAA play.

June 5 — Oklahoma builds a 6-0 lead and hangs on to eliminate WSU 7-6 in the regional championship game.

Shafer earns MVC Pitcher and Freshman of the year. Sublett is the MVC’s Player of the Year.


March 27 — Catcher Tyler Weber singles and doubles in an 8-3 win at Kansas State before flying out to end a streak of 12 consecutive plate appearances with a hit. Weber broke the program record of 10, held by four players.

April 22 — The Shockers improve to 7-0 against Missouri State at Hammons Field with a three-game sweep, topped by an 11-6 win. Danny Jackson homers twice.

April 25 — No. 7 Arkansas routs No. 10 WSU 10-2 at Baum Stadium.

May 20 — The Shockers clinch the MVC title with a 6-0 win over Illinois State at Eck Stadium. Anthony Capra strikes out a career-high eight in eight innings.

May 23 — Missouri State upsets top-seeded WSU 5-2 in the MVC Tournament at Hammons Field, ending a 16-game losing streak to the Shockers.

May 25 — No. 12 WSU run-rules Evansville 12-1 to advance to the tournament championship round. Conor Gillapsie drives in three runs.

May 25 — The Shockers defeat Creighton 2-1 to force a second championship game. The Bluejays blew as 6-1 lead and trailed 9-6 before winning 10-9 in 12 innings.

May 27 — The NCAA awards WSU one of 16 regional sites.

June 1 — New Orleans knocks off WSU 7-6 in the opening game of the regional. The Shockers blow a 6-4 lead in the ninth inning.

June 2 — The Shockers rebound to handle Oral Roberts 11-4.

June 3 — Derek Schermerhorn doubles with two outs in the ninth to score Ryan Jones with the winning run in a 4-3 victory over Arizona.

June 4 — Travis Banwart and Noah Krol combine to shut out Arizona 3-0 in the regional championship game, sending WSU to its first super regional. Banwart, who struggled in the regional opener, strikes out 12 and allows two hits in 7 2/3 innings.

June 9 — UC Irvine pitcher Scott Gorgen shuts out WSU on eight hits, throwing 141 pitches and striking out seven. WSU leaves the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

June 10 — UC Irvine eliminates the Shockers with a 3-2 victory. Bryan Peterson’s double in the ninth drives in the winning run. WSU, down 2-0 in the ninth, ties it on Tyler Hill’s two-run single.


March 23 — Pitcher Anthony Capra no-hits Illinois State for six innings, striking out 12, before coming out after throwing 91 pitches.

April 2 — The Shockers defeat Oral Roberts 10-8 to win their 19th straight game, tied fourth-longest streak in program history.

May 16 — Dusty Coleman hits for the cycle in a 9-3 win over Bradley, the first since Doug Mirabelli’s in 1992.

May 17 — WSU clinches the MVC title with a 21-5 run-rule win over Bradley in five innings. Andy Dirks extends his hitting streak to 23 games while driving in two runs and scoring three.

May 23 — WSU run-rules Missouri State 20-3 in the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium. Weber homers twice, including a grand slam.

May 23 — Gillaspie homers twice and drives in four runs on five hits in WSU’s 12-10 win over Missouri State in the tournament title game.

May 30 — Clinton McKeever’s three-run home run leads the Shockers to an 8-5 win over TCU in the first game of the NCAA regional at Oklahoma State.

May 31 — Shafer stops Oklahoma State with a five-hitter in a 5-3 victory. He strikes out 10 and throws 133 pitches.

June 1 — McKeever’s grand slam in the 10th inning lifts WSU past OSU 11-7 and sends the Shockers back to a super regional. The Shockers trail 7-5 entering the ninth before RBIs by Dirks and McKeever tie the game.

June 6 — The Shockers move within one win of returning to the College World Series with a 10-7 win at Florida State in the opening game of the super regional. Gillaspie’s three-run homer gives WSU a 9-3 lead in the sixth inning.

June 7 — Florida State routs WSU 14-4 in the second game, battering Shafer for 10 hits and eight earned runs.

June 8 — The Seminoles clinch a trip to Omaha with an 11-4 win over WSU. Capra records two outs and trails 6-0 before his day ends in the first inning.

Aug. 4 — A stalking claim against Stephenson is settled out of court, with the terms confidential. “Her story is not true," Stephenson said in a brief statement when the allegations first became public. "Her statements have greatly hurt both me and my family.”


May 6 — Kansas defeats WSU 8-3 to hand the Shockers their fourth straight loss at home, longest streak of Stephenson’s tenure.

May 21 — Creighton’s Brandon Koeningstein no-hits WSU in an 11-0 win in seven innings in the MVC Tournament.

May 23 — WSU defeats Creighton 4-2 to win the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium. The Bluejays strand 17 runners.

May 30 — Washington State eliminates WSU 3-2 in the Norman Regional.


April 2 — Evansville defeats WSU 11-6, its eighth straight loss on the road.

April 27 — Johnny Coy’s grand slam helps WSU to a 22-7 win over Kansas at Eck Stadium.

May 14 — WSU pitcher Jordan Cooper strikes out a career-high 14 in a 3-0 win over Missouri State at Eck Stadium.

May 20 — Cooper extended his streak of scoreless innings to 32 1/3 with five shutout against Dallas Baptist. He gives up a home run in the sixth to end the streak during a 6-2 win.

May 29 — Illinois State routs the Shockers 17-8 in the title game of the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium. WSU, which won 19 of its last 23 games, are left out of the NCAAs again.

Cooper named MVC pitcher of the year.


March 16 — Tyler Coughenour hits a three-run homer to help WSU defeat No. 11 Arizona and sweep a two-game series.

April 23 — Brian Flynn throws a two-hitter in a 6-1 win over Illinois State.

May 17 — Tyler Grimes singles in the winning run in the 11th inning to top Kansas State 7-6. The Shockers beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2008.

May 28 — Creighton defeats WSU 3-1 in the MVC Tournament title game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. WSU’s Chris O’Brien ends the season with a 29-game hitting streak.

O’Brien named MVC player of the pear. Charlie Lowell named MVC pitcher of the pear.


Feb. 19 — A 7-4 loss at Texas State makes WSU 0-3, its worst start under Stephenson.

Feb. 26 — Coy drives in 10 runs on seven hits in a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota. The Shockers won 26-0 and 13-1.

April 11 — WSU defeats Kansas 11-2 at Eck Stadium to give the Shockers its first season sweep of the Jayhawks since 2008. One day earlier, WSU wins 6-4 in 16 innings at KU.

April 24 — Don Lambert doubles to right field to give WSU a 9-7 win at Kansas State in a 15-inning game.

May 16 — The Shockers pound out 19 hits in a 13-2 win at Nebraska, their first win on the road in the series since 2002.

May 23 — Missouri State eliminates WSU from the MVC Tournament at Hammons Field with a 7-0 loss.


Feb. 17 — Pittsburgh finishes a three-game sweep with an 11-3 win at Eck Stadium, the first sweep at home suffered under Stephenson.

Feb. 28 — Stephenson wins game No. 1,800 with a 9-5 victory at Arkansas-Little Rock.

April 9 — Kansas State scores five runs in the eighth and wins on a passed ball in the ninth inning, 7-6.

May 5 — The Shockers sweep Missouri State at Hammons Field, wining 11-9 and 3-0, to take over first in the Missouri Valley Conference.

May 11 — Creighton defeats WSU 3-1 to win the second game of the series and dump the Shockers out of first place.

May 12 — WSU ends the series with a 4-1 win over Creighton to finish in second place in the MVC.

May 21 — Southern Illinois pitcher Cody Forsythe holds the Shockers to seven hits in a 5-1 win to open the MVC Tournament in Normal, Ill.

May 23 — The Shockers survive two elimination games with two shutouts, 15-0 over SIU and 5-0 over Indiana State.

May 25 — Starter Cale Elam strikes out seven and holds Illinois State to two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 win in the tournament title game.

May 31 — Kansas State scores nine runs in the first inning on its way to a 20-11 win over the Shockers in the Manhattan Regional. It is the most runs scored against WSU in an NCAA game.

June 1 — Arkansas limits WSU to two hits in a 3-1 victory, eliminating the Shockers from the regional.

June 4 — Stephenson announces he and his staff are fired after the completion of his 36th season. Pitching coach Brent Kemnitz, Stephenson said, will be allowed to remain with the program.



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