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Fall baseball series

Wichita State’s fall best-of-7 series starts Oct. 17. All games start in the afternoon. If you can’t wait for the series, the Shockers scrimmage Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Watched a few innings on Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Erik Harbutz is doing good things. He homered in the first inning. He played second base. He does not seem overwhelmed by college baseball.Freshman outfielder Garrett Bayliff, who had hip surgery and sat out early practices, is practicing. Infielder Walker Davidson, knee surgery, is still hobbling.Outfielder Travis Bennett homered. It’s nice to see some left-handed bats in the lineup. Newcomers Bennett, Bayliff and Preston Springer hit lefty. Returners Kevin Hall and Tyler Grimes are switch-hitting (at least for the fall). So does pitcher-turned-infielder Tyler Fleming. Last season, Ryan Jones and Chris O’Brien (a switch-hitter) were the only lefty bats in the lineup.