Wichita State Shockers

Shortstop commits to WSU

Shortstop Dayne Parker of Roff (Okla.) High School has given Wichita State baseball coaches an oral commitment to become a Shocker in 2010-11, Parker said.

"The facilities are really nice, and they have a crowd every game," Parker said in a telephone interview. "I really like playing in front of fans."

Parker hit .480 with 11 home runs for his summer team, the Elk City Travelers, last summer. He visited WSU last weekend, including the intrasquad scrimmage that drew about 1,000 fans for the baseball and a first look at new artificial turf.

"I liked it a lot," Parker said of the turf. "It's probably the best you can play on."

Parker hit .505 last spring as a junior for Roff High, located in southern Oklahoma. The average was among the top 15 batters in Oklahoma small schools, according to The Daily Oklahoman.