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Wichita State at Illinois State

WSU lineup - SS Grimes, 2B Baez, DH Springer, C Lassley, RF Bennett, 1B Coy, CF Jones, LF Bascue, 3B Harbutz

ISU lineup - 2B Tokarski, CF Hinshaw, C Mirabal, DH Ruffolo, 3B Court, 1B Amrein, RF McNeely, LF Wiesemeyer, SS Kay

The pitching matchup favors WSU, with junior  Tim Kelley (6-2, 5.37 ERA) going against freshman J.D. Learnard (2-2, 6.67), if Kelley is at or near the top of his game. The Redbird bullpen, however, looms as an important factor. It dominated Saturday’s game. Lefty Ryan Copeland, who struck out five Shockers in three innings, could throw today. Closer Kenny Long is fresh. It would serve the Shockers well to grab an early lead.

Who’s hot

WSU C Cody Lassley – 4-6, 2 2BWSU DH Preston Springer – 5-9, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBIISU 3B Ryan Court – 6-10, 3 HR, 4 RBIISU 2B Kevin Tokarski – 3-6, 4 BB

Who’s not

WSU SS Tyler Grimes – 0-8, 3 ksWSU 3B Erik Harbutz – 1-5, HR, 2 ksISU CF Chad Hinshaw – 1-7, 3 ksISULF Ty Wiesemeyer – 2-9