Wichita State Shockers

Shocker Report (May 10)

SHOCKER REPORT

Tuesday’s box score

ORAL ROBERTS ab r h bi .avg

Baligod rf 5 2 3 1 .359

Winiecki cf 5 2 2 1 .279

King lf 4 2 2 1 .339

Elder dh 5 1 4 4 .318

Schiller ss 4 0 2 0 .298

Schlehuber 1b 4 0 0 0 .303

Pickar c 3 0 1 0 .202

Sowers 3b 5 0 1 0 .219

Bennett 2b 2 0 1 0 .293

Barnett 2b 0 1 0 0 .215

Totals 37 8 16 7

WICHITA STATE ab r h bi avg.

Grimes ss 3 1 0 0 .318

Hall cf 4 1 1 1 .270

O’Brien c 4 3 3 0 .408

Springer dh 4 2 2 3 .313

Coy 1b 4 0 0 1 .295

Coughenour 3b 4 1 1 0 .295

Lambert rf 3 2 0 0 .256

Green lf 5 1 3 4 .267

Davidson 2b 4 1 1 2 .238

Totals 35 12 11 11

ORU 004 000 004 - 8WSU 311 002 000 - 7

E—Green (3). DP—ORU 1, WSU 3. LOB—ORU 9, WSU 10. 2B—Baligod (15), King (13). HR—Baligod (4), Elder (7), Springer (8). SH—Schiller (7), Bennett (4). SF—Hall (1). SB—Winiecki (17), Scheduler (1), Grimes (24), Coughenour (9). CS—Coughenour.

ORU ip h r er bb so era

Smolen 1 1/3 4 4 4 1 2 6.25

Martony 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 1.99

Johnson 2 3 1 1 1 2 2.44

Stacy 1 2/3 1 0 0 2 2 12.15

Guest 1/3 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

Fisher 1 1 0 0 1 0 7.71

Spring W.3-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.15

Rush S,8 1 0 0 0 1 2 4.19

WSU ip h r er bb so era

Beringer 2 2/3 7 4 4 2 0 5.12

LaBrie 3 1/3 4 0 0 0 0 2.35

Minnis 1 2/3 1 0 0 0 1 4.74

Elam L,2-1 1/3 4 4 3 1 0 1.69

McGreevy 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.31

HBP—by Martony (Grimes ); by Fisher (Green).

PB—Pickar (9). Umpires—Home, Clint Wheeler; First, Mark Wagers; Third, Brad Price.

T—3:05. A —3,461.

Stopping power

WSU’s defensive issues disappeared for eight innings. The Shockers gave their pitching staff plenty of help with the gloves.

Shortstop Tyler Grimes made two highlight-worthy plays. In the fourth, he had to chase down a high bouncer by Joey Winiecki. He quickly got the ball out of his glove and made the throw to get ORU’s leading base stealer. In the sixth, Grimes made an acrobatic play to grab a bouncer in the hole and throw across his body to get a runner at second base.

Left fielder Micah Green ended the inning by throwing out Brett Sowers at third, Sowers tried to go from first to third on a single T.J. Bennett. Green’s throw to third baseman Tyler Coughenour beat the sliding Sowers.

WSU’s pursuit of its 12th errorless game ended in the ninth. Green couldn’t barehand a bouncing ball and it got away from him, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Repeat visit

WSU kept closer Cale Elam in the game despite two visits to the mound by coaches in the ninth inning.

Apparently, the umpires didn’t notice. If Oral Roberts coaches noticed, they didn’t raise a ruckus. Of course, it worked out for them.

“I don’t know if we got by with anything,” WSU coach Gene Stephenson said. “I knew we had already been out there. I didn’t say anything.”

Pitching coach Brent Kemnitz visited after Elam threw a ball high to Nick Baligod after walking the leadoff hitter on a 3-1 count. Stephenson went to the mound after Brandon King singled to cut WSU’s lead to 7-6. He left Elam in to face Chris Elder.

The plan was to get Elder with a slider and go to T.J. McGreevy, who was ready to go, for the next batter. Elam said he got the pitch where he wanted it. Elder, however, blooped it into short left field where it bounced in front of Green, allowing two runs to score.

“I got it in there on his hands,” Elam said. “That’s the pitch we wanted.”

The odd circumstances may have thrown Elam.

“I think I lost my focus there, because _ I don’t know what the deal was because it was the second visit of the same inning,” Elam said. “I wanted to stay in there. Nobody caught it, so I was happy for that.”

Favorite son

WSU celebrated Carl Hall Night on Tuesday.

Hall, a former Shocker outfielder, was paralyzed in a car accident in June.

Hall’s son, Logan, threw out the first pitch. WSU’s old-fashioned jerseys were auctioned off during the game. Proceeds go to the Carl Hall Foundation.

Notes

The teams split the season series 1-1. WSU hasn’t won a season series against the Golden Eagles since 1994. ORU has won six of the past eight meetings and five of six at Eck Stadium.æ.æ.æ. Wichita State’s Chris O’Brien singled off the shortstop’s glove in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Tyler Coughenour went 0 for 4 to end his at nine.æ.æ.æ. ORU’s Nick Baligod blooped a single into right field in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

_ Paul Suellentrop

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