Sunday’s box score
WSU 11, SIU 1
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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).
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.”