Wichita State Shockers

Shockers roll by Tabor

Garrett Bayliff entered Wednesday's game with 12 at-bats for Wichita State's baseball team and had started one game.

While the pressure of having one game to produce and possibly earn more playing time is high, it's nothing like having one at-bat to make a statement. So Bayliff took a calm approach into his second start of the season and his play reflected it — Bayliff had four hits and four RBIs and was a home run short of the cycle in WSU's 15-3 win over Tabor.

The Shockers rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and scored all of their runs in innings four through seven. First baseman Johnny Coy also took advantage of a rare start by belting two home runs and driving in three runs.

"Getting one at-bat in a game is tough on the mind," Bayliff said. "I knew I needed to come out tonight and show them a little more than I had in the past, and I think I did that."

Bayliff, a 5-foot-11, 181-pound freshman from Tulsa, had one hit in 12 at-bats and 17 games. He started Wednesday in center field, ending Kevin Hall's streak of starting the season's first 22 games there.

With three veterans — Hall and seniors Ryan Jones and Travis Bennett — starting in WSU's outfield, Bayliff will probably struggle to find consistent playing time in Missouri Valley Conference play and in important midweek games. But he made a case by delivering hits in his final four at-bats Wednesday.

In the fourth inning, Bayliff tied it 3-3 with a two-run double, and he had RBI singles in his next two at-bats. A triple followed in the seventh, and Bayliff missed a chance for the cycle when the Shockers were retired in order in the eighth.

"Bayliff did a great job, and he's that capable," WSU coach Gene Stephenson said. "He can do those things. He's been a little meek and a little shy about getting involved, maybe sometimes trying to avoid making mistakes. The end result of that was maybe not being aggressive, but he did a great job tonight."

Coy, a 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman who plays both corner infield positions, started at first in place of Clint McKeever, whose season-long slump has his batting average at .258. Coy was 5 for 21 before Wednesday.

Coy was on base four times, crushing his first homer as a Shocker to center field in the fifth inning and hitting a solo shot over the bleachers next to the left-field foul pole in the seventh.

"It's nice to get three hits in one game, I've been trying to get one for a while," Coy said. "We've got a lot of guys in this lineup who can hit and a lot of guys who are deserving to get at-bats. It's tough for the coaches, but all we want to do is win."

The Shockers struggled to figure out Tabor starter Will Wood, a stocky right-hander who kept WSU off-balance by working the outer half of the plate and forcing weak swings early.

Wood never established the inside half, though, and the Shockers adjusted by hitting to the opposite field. WSU chased Wood with three early runs in the fifth, and the onslaught continued against Tabor's bullpen, which allowed three more runs in the fifth and six in the sixth and seventh innings.

WSU's starting pitcher Tobin Mateychick matched the offense's early problems by allowing three runs on six hits in the first two innings. He didn't allow a hit in his final three innings and earned the win to improve to 2-0. Relievers Cobey Guy, Justin Kemp and Mitch Caster surrendered two hits in the final four innings. Guy struck out the side in both of his two innings.

WSU needed a confidence boost after losing 8-3 at Kansas State on Tuesday, its seventh loss in 10 games.

"The most important thing is that we can carry something forward from this," Stephenson said. "Maybe we can do a better job competing when we get to (this weekend's conference series with) Evansville."

Notes — WSU was down two infielders Wednesday. Starting second baseman Will Baez had three wisdom teeth removed earlier in the day, but he's probable for the weekend series at Evansville. Freshman Walker Davidson had an appendectomy over the weekend and will miss 10-14 days.... Preston Springer is the only WSU player to start all 23 games — he was the designated hitter Wednesday and was 1 for 4 with a solo home run. Hall, who started the previous 22 games, grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance.

Tabor ab r h bi avg.

Douglas lf 4 0 0 0 .309

Gillis ph 1 0 0 0 .222

Hendricksen rf-2b 4 1 2 2 .386

Leflar ph 1 0 0 0 .400

Kendrick c 4 0 2 0 .476

Cook 1b 4 0 1 1 .293

Rausch 3b-p 4 0 0 0 .337

Mays dh 3 0 0 0 .302

Boucher rf 0 0 0 0 .139

Bridenbaugh ss 4 1 1 0 .371

Zewe 2b-3b 4 0 0 0 .216

Dick cf 3 1 1 0 .289

Fuentes ph 1 0 1 0 .429

Totals 37 3 8 3 .323

Wichita State ab r h bi avg.

Harbutz 2b 5 0 0 1 .250

Jones rf 5 0 1 3 .291

Springer dh 4 1 1 1 .318

Caster ph-p 1 0 0 0 0.00

Bennett lf 4 1 1 1 3.11

Hall cf 1 0 0 0 .291

Coy 1b 5 3 3 3 .308

O’Brien c 4 4 3 0 .265

Goro 3b 5 3 3 2 .333

Bayliff cf-lf 5 2 4 4 .294

Grimes ss 1 1 0 0 .231

Totals 40 15 16 15 .294

Tabor 120 000 000 — 3

Wichita State 001 263 30x — 15

E — Harbutz, Goro, Grimes. DP — WSU. LOB — Tabor 8, WSU 11. 2B — Dick (6), O’Brien (4), Bayliff (1). 3B — Bayliff (1). HR — Springer (3), Coy 2 (2), Goro (2). SB — Jones (5), Bayliff (2), Grimes (2).

Tabor IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Wood L,1-2 4 6 5 5 2 1 6.75

DeRusha 0 2 3 3 1 0 6.30

Percy 1 1 1 1 3 3 5.17

Cremers 1Ð 6 6 6 0 1 4.19

Stancher ð 1 0 0 0 0 3.44

Rausch 1 0 0 0 0 1 6.75

WSU IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Mateychick W,2-0 5 6 3 3 1 4 3.00

Guy 2 1 0 0 1 6 3.18

Kemp 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.00

Caster 1 1 0 0 0 1 3.00

WP — Wood, Guy. HBP — Coy, Grimes (by Wood); Grimes (by Cremers); Grimes (by Stancher). Umpires — home, John Knight; first, Mike Lentz; third, Steve Rist. T — 2:35. A — 3,383.

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