Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State-Illinois State scouting report

* Illinois State won a coin flip Friday and will be the home team.

* WSU won two of three games at Illinois State during the regular season. C Cody Lassley went 5 for 9 and DH Preston Springer went 7 for 13 and drove in five runs with a homer and four doubles. No other Shocker hit above .300.

* Redbirds 2B Kevin Tokarski, the MVC Player of the Year, went 5 for 10 during the regular-season series against WSU. He is hitting .433 with 25 doubles and 31 stolen bases this season. "He has no apparent offensive weakness," WSU coach Gene Stephenson said. He has been just as effective in the tournament _ 4 for 9 with five runs, four RBIs and five walks in three games.

* ISU 3B Ryan Court battered the Shockers for three home runs and two doubles in an 18-8 victory on May 1. He is 5 for 12 in the tournament with four RBIs.

* ISU starter Corey Maines gave up seven hits and six earned runs in a 9-0 loss to the Shockers on April 30. He walked three and struck out three in five innings. He threw 102 pitches in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Bradley, allowing five hits.

* Redbirds coach Mark Kingston has his entire bullpen fresh after Friday's off day. He can go to All-MVC relievers Kenny Long (1.41 ERA, 9 saves) and Ryan Copeland (4.56, 4 saves) at any time. Both are lefties used to long relief. "We try to shorten the game," Kingston said. "We try to get a lead, and then hand the ball to them." The Shockers are one of the few teams with success against that duo. The Shockers scored all five runs against them in a 5-1 win on May 2. Long gave up five hits and two earned runs in three innings.

* WSU 2B Will Baez is 3 for 9 in the tournament with four walks and five runs. Springer ended a zero-for-10 stretch in the tournament with a double in Thursday's win over Evansville. He leads WSU with 59 RBI, three more than OF Ryan Jones. 1B Johnny Coy is 4 for 12 in the tournament with three RBI and four runs.

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