Sunday’s box score
WSU 10, Tulane 3
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E — Carthon, Willsey, Deschamp, Alemais. DP — WSU, Tulane 2. LOB — WSU 5, Tulane 4. 2B — Baker (5), Willsey (2). HR — Koeiman (1). SF — Baker, Garner. SB — Green (3), Dearman (18), Carthon (8).
WP — Mapes. PB — Rogers. HBP — Carthon, Garmer (by Palmer). Umpires — home, Gerrard Ascani; first, Paul Guillie; third, Ray Miller. T — 2:25. A — 1,847.
Tough game to play
Catcher is baseball’s contact position, as one look at Wichita State’s Tyler Baker showed. His left wrist was wrapped in ice after the game, as was his right foot.
In the ninth, Drew Palmer’s pitch hit a Tulane batter in the elbow and ricocheted off Baker’s wrist. He came out immediately, but said he expects to play Tuesday. WSU is down to two catchers — Baker and Bob Arens — with Parker Zimmerman out with a concussion.
“I’ll be fine,” he said. “I’m not really worried about it.”
Wichita State coach Todd Butler said no X-rays were needed on pitcher Cale Elam’s left foot. Elam took a line drive off the foot during Saturday’s game. He faced four more batters before coming out.
“He’s fine,” Butler said. “He’s bruised, a pretty good bruise.”
Four weeks ago, a line drive hit Elam’s elbow during a game at Indiana State and he struggled in his next outing. Now he’s hit with more bad luck. Elam said a ball hit him in the same spot, between the ankle and the heel, in February.
“Getting hit there again didn’t help anything, obviously,” he said.
The Shockers led 3-1 when Elam started the sixth inning by getting in the way of the batted ball. He gave up a double and a single and committed a throwing error after fielding a bunt before coming out, helping Tulane tie the game.
“When you take him out of the game, the game changes,” Butler said. “He’s such a warrior out there, you have a chance to win.”
Right place, right time
After committing five errors and scoring five runs in the first two games of the series, both losses, the Shockers turned it around on Sunday.
Good execution early in the game made all the difference.
“We played good baseball,” Butler said.
Tulane’s Richard Carthon reached first base on a throwing error — on a tough play — by second baseman Zair Koeiman in the first inning. Then he stole second. The Shockers sharpened up after that.
Shortstop Dayne Parker snuck in behind Carthon and took a throw from pitcher Sam Tewes to pick him off second base and deflate that inning for Tulane.
“Sam — he’s real good at that,” Parker said. “It’s a quick-spin pick and he puts it right on the money. That makes it pretty easy for me.”
Just like that, the Shockers took Tulane’s fastest runner off the bases. Tewes retired the next two hitters and didn’t allow another runner until the fourth inning.
Parker’s career-long 11-game hitting streak came to end with an 0 for 3 day. WSU’s 10 runs are its most since an 11-1 win over Southern Illinois on April 20. WSU improved to 7-13 on the road with three more road games to play. Butler said freshman lefty Cody Tyler will get his first start of the season on Tuesday against Kansas at Eck Stadium. Kris Gardner will start Wednesday against Oklahoma State. Tulane committed four errors, its most since committing four on March 3 vs. Sacred Heart.