Wichita State Shockers

Shocker Report

SHOCKER REPORT

Friday’s Box Score

INDIANA STATE ab r h bi .avg

Burnam lf 2 0 0 0 .287

Kraemer 3b 4 0 1 0 .319

Ort rf 4 0 1 0 .343

Lucas c 4 0 1 0 .308

Hedges 1b 4 0 0 0 .249

Hileman cf 2 0 0 0 .282

Wampler ss 4 0 0 0 .300

Conway dh 1 0 0 0 .238

Pearson 2b 2 0 0 0 .252

Totals 27 0 3 0

WICHITA STATE ab r h bi avg.

Grimes ss 2 0 0 0 .313

Hall cf 3 0 0 0 .267

O’Brien c 3 0 1 0 .408

Coy 1b 3 0 0 0 .288

Springer dh 4 0 1 0 .318

Coughenour 3b 4 1 2 0 .293

Lambert rf 4 0 2 1 .256

Green lf 2 0 0 0 .262

Davidson 2b 3 0 0 0 .247

Totals 28 1 6 1

ISU 000 000 000 - 0WSU 000 000 001 - 1

E—Coughenour (14). DP—ISU 1, WSU 2. LOB—ISU 7, WSU 9. SB—Burnam (3), Grimes (25), Coughenour (10). SH—Green (6).

ISU ip h r er bb so era

Rea 7Ð 4 0 0 4 7 4.00

Machado L,4-3 ð 2 1 1 0 0 4.35

WSU ip h r er bb so era

Lowell 7 2 0 0 6 9 2.66

Elam W,3-1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1.59

WP—-Rea (5). HBP—by Rea (Hall). By Lowell (Hileman).

Umpires—Home, Wayne Harris; First, Greg Harmon; Third, Mike Grace.

T—2:12. A—3,421.

Back on the mound

WSU coach Gene Stephenson didn’t waste any time getting closer Cale Elam in the game.

Elam pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit. He didn’t walk a batter, a sharp contrast with Tuesday’s problems in a loss to Oral Roberts.

“I’m sure for him it was really good to get in this kind of game and restore some of his confidence,” Stephenson said.

On Tuesday, Elam walked a batter and gave up four hits and four runs to let Oral Roberts rally in the ninth and win 8-7.

Friday, he faced the minimum with the help of a double play in the eighth. Three groundballs ended the ninth with no drama.

Stephenson said Elam returned to a higher arm angle.

“It got his breaking ball to break down much better, and his fastball was not as high in the zone,” Stephenson said. “So he wasn’t as easy to hit.”

Elam is 1-0 with three saves and 0.00 ERA in Missouri Valley Conference games. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11ð innings.

Off the padding

WSU centerfielder Kevin Hall took a fastball off the helmet in the fifth inning. Fortunately, it hit an area where the plastic is backed by padding behind the ear.

“It rung the bell a little bit,” Hall said. “I was a little dizzy there for about 10 seconds, but I shook it off.”

Hall caught himself with one hand and quickly stood up. He walked to first base with Stephenson, assistant coach Jim Thomas and trainer Corey Wood checking him out.

Hall expects more questions today from Wood. After the game, he said he wasn’t experiencing any symptoms of a concussion.

“My vision is fine,” he said. “I have no headache. I’m not dizzy.”

Seniors celebrated

WSU will recognize seniors Tim Kelley, Justin Kemp and Preston Springer today at 1:50 p.m.

The family of Mitch Caster, a WSU senior killed in a car accident in August, will also take part in the ceremony. Caster, a pitcher and outfielder, would have been a senior this season.

Worth noting

Lambert could have recorded the game’s lone extra-base hit. However, he didn’t touch second base after driving in the winning run, holding himself to a single.æ.æ.æ. WSU’s Chris O’Brien extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a first-inning single.æ.æ.æ. The Shocker won their second 1-0 game of the season. They defeated Tulane by the same score on March 12.æ.æ.æ. WSU won its fourth straight series opener, with its second shutout in a row. The Shockers registered their eighth shutout this season and its second in MVC play. Starter Charlie Lowell didn’t get a decision for the first time this season. He lowered his ERA in conference games to 0.79.

_ Paul Suellentrop

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