Saturday's box score
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San Jose State123 000 000 — 6 Wichita State110 003 20x — 7
DP — San Jose St. 2, WSU. LOB — San Jose St. 9, WSU 10. 2B — Valine (6), Coy (7), Bennett (8). HR — Coy (5). S — Carrillo. SF — Bascue. SB — Hertler (7), Canez (3), Lassley (7). CS — Bascue.
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Hennessey L,2-2 1/3222208.47
WP —Hennessey. Umpires — home, Greg Mudd; first, Joe Brown; third, Larry Waggoner. T — 3:02. A — 3,970.
Back, back... gone
Freshman Johnny Coy belted his fifth home run to lead off the second inning. The ball nearly hit the scoreboard over the left-field fence and bounced across 21st Street.
"It was just a first-pitch fastball," Coy said. "He put it right down the middle. I just tried to put a good swing on it and I was lucky enough to get it up and get it out of here."
It's rare for Tim Kelley to hand out a free pass to first base. That's what made his start on Saturday troubling. Not only did he allow nine hits, but also walk three in his four innings.
To make matters worse, San Jose State followed all three walks with a hit.
Before Saturday, Kelley had been stellar at Eck Stadium. In his four previous starts, he was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA.
Get out the brooms
If the Shockers win today, it will be the second three-game sweep of an opponent this season.
To do that, the bullpen will have to continue to be strong and the Shockers have to deliver with runners in scoring position.
"We know we have to execute when we get guys on," senior Cody Lassley said. "We did the job today and we just have to press on and try to get the sweep tomorrow."
Players from both teams treated the 1-hour, 21-minute rain delay differently.
Some from San Jose State took cat naps in the dugout. Most of the Shockers went to the locker room, but a few remained outside to talk to fans.
The most entertaining way came from reserves Walker Davidson and Garrett Bayliff, who played a game of kickball with a miniature baseball in front of the Shocker dugout.
But for Cobey Guy, who was told he would close the game out when it continued, it was a time of focus. Luckily, Guy had some previous experience with delays.
"Almost the same exact thing happened to me in my junior college days," he said. "I pitched two innings and then there was an hour delay. So I kind of knew how to handle it. You just have to stay warm and try not to stay locked in the whole time and relax. Then when you go back out there, you have to just lock back in."