Saturday’s box score
Evansville 13, WSU 2
E — Elam, LaBrie, Synek. 2B — Bayliff (7), Williams (4), Pollock (11). 3B — Pollock (2), Kaczmarski (3). SF — Mahon.
HBP — Perry 2 (by Elam and Looney). Balk — Elam. Umpires — home, Carlos Martinez; first, Jason Stidham; third, Danny Jimenez. T — 2:22. A — 365.
Playing from behind
Wichita State took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning against Cal State Fullerton on March 30 at Eck Stadium. That is the last time the Shocker looked at the scoreboard and enjoyed the sight.
They haven’t led since, not once in 72 innings. On Friday, Evansville led 3-0 after two innings on their way to a 5-1 win. Oral Roberts led 5-0 after two innings on Wednesday, one night after Kansas State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
“Playing behind, you can’t do anything,” WSU coach Todd Butler said. “We tried to steal and hit and run, even behind, and you don’t know how that’s going to work out.”
One more chance
Only Missouri State had swept Wichita State among MVC teams before last weekend at Indiana State. Now the Shockers will try to avoid losing all three to Evansville for the first time.
With that in mind, Butler pulled Aaron LaBrie after one inning on Saturday. He came in with WSU down 4-1 in the fourth. After Evansville scored three runs in the fourth, WSU started thinking about Sunday. LaBrie is available, as are Foster Vielock and Ray Ashford, who briefly threw on Friday.
“We’re just trying to get through the game, save some arms,” Butler said.
WSU’s eight-game losing streak matches the 2009 team for the longest losing streak in the modern era. The school record is 12 straight, over the 1952-53 seasons … Evansville will try to win a series against WSU for the second time in three seasons and the third time since 2006 … WSU first baseman Casey Gillaspie is 4 for 8 with two RBI in the series. Aces third baseman Jake Mahon has driven in five runs and is 3 for 8. Center fielder Kevin Kaczmarski went 3 for 4 with four RBI on Saturday and is 4 for 8 on the series.