Shocker report: Wichita State 11, S. Illinois 1

04/21/2014 6:31 AM

04/21/2014 6:36 AM

Sunday’s box score

WSU 11, SIU 1

S. Illinois AB R H BI BB SO AVG
Mucha cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .296
Kopach 2b 3 1 0 0 0 0 .210
Welch ss 2 0 1 1 1 0 .282
Casillas 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .329
Daily as 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .311
Hand rf 2 0 1 0 1 1 .290
Osborne lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Jones c 2 0 2 0 1 0 .255
Farmer 3b 1 0 0 0 1 0 .222
Sabo ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226
Totals 24 1 5 1 4 2
Wichita State
Kihle lf 4 3 3 2 0 0 .405
Parker 2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .306
Gillaspie 1b 4 1 3 2 0 0 .401
Simpson 3b 2 2 1 1 0 0 .259
Green cf 3 0 1 2 1 0 .283
Bayliff rf 3 1 1 0 1 0 .277
Koeiman dh 4 1 2 1 0 0 .195
Baker c 4 1 1 2 0 1 .262
Kirk ss 2 1 0 0 0 1 .256
Phillips ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Totals 30 11 14 11 4 2
Southern Illinois 100 000 0 1
Wichita State 203 150 x 11

Game halted by run rule.

E — Kirk. DP — SIU, WSU 3 LOB — SIU 6, WSU 6. 2B — Green (10), Simpson (10), Kihle (8), Koeiman (1). 3B — Welch (1), Baker (2). HR — Kihle (3). SB — Gillaspie (5).

Southern Illinois IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Hauge L,3-3 3 6 5 5 2 2 3.77
Whitmer 1 1/3 6 4 4 0 0 4.85
Weld 2/3 2 2 2 1 0 2.21
Pruemer 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.72
Wichita State
Tewes W,6-2 6 4 1 0 4 2 3.08
Palmer 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.86

HBP —— Kirk (by Weld). Umpires — home, Greg Mudd; first, Jeff Spisak; third, Travis Olson. T — 1:55. A — 2,384.

A deeper lineup

Slotting Daniel Kihle at the top of the lineup has enabled coach Todd Butler to experiment some with spots 2-9, but it has done more to establish permanence within the batting order.

Butler tried Casey Gillaspie in the cleanup spot three times this week, but Sunday against left-handed Southern Illinois starter Aaron Hauge, the switch-hitting Gillaspie was hitting third, where he spent Wichita State’s first 35 games.

Kihle, Dayne Parker and Gillaspie had eight combined hits in the first three spots in the order, and though some spots are interchangeable depending on the opposing pitcher, WSU’s lineup looked as fluid as ever on Sunday.

“(Kihle) is absolutely amazing,” Gillaspie said. “He’s a great teammate and a good leadoff, and I’m thankful that he’s in that leadoff spot.”

Left-handed hitters Tyler Baker and Garrett Bayliff occupied spots in the second half of the order Sunday, and each reached base twice and scored a run. Bayliff has hit in each of the first six spots except first.

“The lineup is kind of getting set now,” Kihle said. “Everybody is starting to get healthy and coming back. It’s huge that everybody is starting to get in synch and starting to hit the ball together.”

-Jeffrey Lutz

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