Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report

Thursday's Box Score

Wichita Stateabrhbiavg.

Grimes ss4000.305

Hall cf4211.264

O'Brien c5232.416

Coy 1b5122.283

Springer dh4111.305

Coughenour 3b4000.276

Green lf4110.281

Lambert rf3110.247

Davidson 2b3000.247

Totals36896

Bradleyabrhbiavg.

Martin cf3100.257

Elliott 3b3211.284

Tauchman lf4121.345

Kimball rf4011.286

Schuch rf1000.231

Partyka df4021.306

Rodriguez pr0000.200

Jarvis ph1010.220

Eigsti 1b-2b4120.269

Leblebijian ss3022.328

Kottaras c3010.203

Compitello 2b3110.247

Sprout 1b1000.231

Totals346136

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

Lowell3852322.77

McGreevy4 1/3411142.31

Elam W,4-11 2/3100011.41

Bradley

Bircher8766273.03

Gifford L,3-61220114.61

HBP—by Lowell (Elliott, Eigsti).

Umpires—Home, Daniel Jimenez; first, Michael Droll; third, David Condon.

T—2:30. A—712.

Schedule change

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.

Bad night

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."

—Ben Diggle

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