Thursday's Box Score
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Wichita State (34-24, 12-7) 100 003 022 — 8 Bradley (22-28, 4-15) 011 301 000 — 6
E—Lowell (2), Leblebijian (18), Compitello (7). DP—WSU 2, BU 1. LOB—WSU 5, BU 9. 2B—Coy (15), Leblebijian (14). HR—Hall (3), O'Brien (8), Coy (6), Springer (19), Elliott (4). SB—Martin (18), Compitello (4). CS—Elliott). S—Davidson, Martin, Leblebijian.
Wichita St. IPHRERBBSOERA
Elam W,4-11 2/3100011.41
HBP—by Lowell (Elliott, Eigsti).
Umpires—Home, Daniel Jimenez; first, Michael Droll; third, David Condon.
With the forecast for stormy weather on Saturday, the teams will wrap up the series a day early, playing a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. today.
"I don't know what we're going to do on Saturday around here because we're not scheduled to leave for Omaha until Sunday morning," WSU coach Gene Stephenson said.
Never mess with a streak
There are lots of ways to jinx a streak, but WSU catcher Chris O'Brien almost did himself in on Thursday.
"I got to talking with my roommate (Josh Smith) and we ended up running a little late," O'Brien said. "And I grabbed the wrong jersey."
So when he got to the ballpark, his customary No. 22 wasn't there. For a while, he faced the prospect of suiting up in the Shockers' dummy jersey, No. 7, but a WSU staffer dispatched back to the hotel to fetch the jersey made it back before the first pitch.
Charlie Lowell wasn't the only Valley ace to get roughed up on Thursday night.
Southern Illinois' Cody Forsythe, considered to be Lowell's main competition for the Valley pitcher of the year award, surrendered four runs on 11 hits in a 4-1 loss to Indiana State.
"There's no personal victories," Lowell said. "I'm just thankful my teammates picked me up, whether it was the guys at the plate or TJ (McGreevy) and Cale (Elam) throwing well after I left."
Home sweet home
WSU's annual trips to either Illinois State or Bradley are the closest WSU centerfielder Kevin Hall gets to home. His hometown of Chatham is an hour south of both Bloomington and Peoria.
"It's nice to see friends and family and go out to dinner with them," Hall said. "To homer in front of them was extra-special."