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MVC Tournament: Indiana State at Wichita State

WSU 4, ISU 0 (top second) - Ryan Jones hits an 0-2 pitch out to right for a grand slam. ISU starter Eric Valdez walked two. Tim Kelley almost gave some back. The Sycamores loaded the bases with two outs before a flyball ended the threat. ISU is using the smart strategy of swinging early against Kelley and it worked.

Baez will DH. Chance Sossamon is at second base. Chris O’Brien returns to third. Sossamon is making his first start at second base. He started the past four at third and did well. Oddly, his ascension comes at the expense of WSU’s leading hitter, Taylor Brown. Brown is hitting .354, but hasn’t played since May 6 against Kansas. An 0-for-13 slump knocked him out of the lineup.

WSU 2B Will Baez is in uniform. He might DH. Stand by for a decision.

Earlier action:

Creighton 5, Southern Illinois 1 - Jays pitcher Jeremy Hauer throws his first complete game of the season. SIU lefties go 0 for 13.

Missouri State 9, Creighton 6 - Game-winning grand slam by pinch-hitter Daniel Torrente. Strange game, because neither team threw any pitcher of real consequence. It was an out-of-pod game, so the teams saved their top arms for Thursday and Friday. With a one-run lead in the ninth, the Redbirds used Kenny Long instead of closer Jim Sajewich.

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