Sunday's box score
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ISU000 000 001 - 1 WSU001 400 010 - 6
E-Miera (4). DP- ISU 4. LOB-ISU 10, WSU 4. HR-Grimes (4). HBP-Wampler (7), Hileman (6), O'Brien (6). SH-Burnam (9), Coughenour (6). SB-Davidson (9). CS-Ort (4), Hall (3), Lambert (3).
Van Skike L, 4-44654423.84
Smith W, 6-35 2/3400313.57
McGreevy 3 1/3311122.34
WP—Van Skike (14, Smith (2), Flynn (9). HBP—by Hochstetler (O'Brien), by Smith (Wampler), by Smith Hileman.
Umpires-Home, Mike Grace; First, Wayne Harris; Third, Greg Harmon.
T- 2:24. A - 3,412.
On and on
WSU catcher Chris O'Brien walked five times in the series, so he had to make the most of pitches in the strike zone.
Sunday, he extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in the first inning. He bounced into a double play, with the bases loaded, in the third, walked in the fifth and got hit by a pitch in the eighth.
O'Brien's streak is tied for ninth at WSU, joining Phil Stephenson (1982) and Damon Sublett (2007). He can move up to eighth on Tuesday against Kansas State, joining Mike Jones (1991) with 22-game streaks.
For the weekend, O'Brien went 3 for 6 and didn't strike out.
W.D. for well defended
Exclude second baseman Walker Davidson when discussing WSU's defensive issues. He again showed Sunday that balls hit near him usually end up as an out.
In the second inning, he ran a long way into foul ground to catch a ball at his waist for the second out of the inning. In the fourth, he turned in the best defensive play of the game. Tyler Wamper smacked a ball past pitcher Josh Smith. It hit the lip of the artificial turf at the back of the mound and popped up.
Davidson had to leap for it, and then quickly get it out of his glove. First baseman Johnny Coy scooped it on a bounce to get Wampler and end the inning.
"I was already moving that way, because the (runner) was stealing," Davidson said. "It was a bang-bang play."
Davidson has two errors this season, one in MVC play.
"He's a great defensive tool for us," Smith said. "He enjoys it, and he knows that's his role."
Walk this way
Smith limped around the locker room with a bruised left shin after the game. A line drive off the bat of Koby Kraemer hit him below the knee in the fifth inning, leaving a bruise.
"Nothing serious," Smith said.
Smith limped off after the play, which resulted in the third out of the inning when third baseman Tyler Coughenour picked up the ball and threw out the runner at first. He jogged to the bullpen and threw a few pitches, then returned for the sixth inning.
"It didn't really affect me as much as I thought it would," he said. "At first, my leg was kind of numb so it hurt a little bit coming off the field."
Smith didn't make it out of the second. He gave up a leadoff single, then picked off the runner. But two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases. T.J. McGreevy relieved Smith and picked off a runner to end the threat.
WSU won the season series from Indiana State for the first time since 2008.... The Shockers improved to 10-2 when not committing an error. WSU's two errors over the weekend are its fewest in six MVC series and the fewest in a three-game series since it committed two against North Dakota in late February.... WSU third baseman Tyler Coughenour went 4 for 11 in the series, the only Shocker other than O'Brien to hit better than .300. Designated hitter Preston Springer and first baseman Johnny Coy both went 1 for 11 and neither drove in a run.... Indiana State starters gave up four earned runs in the series, all by Jason Van Skike on Sunday.
_ Paul Suellentrop