Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report


Tuesday’s box score

EVANSVILLE ab r h bi .avg

Copeland 2b 5 0 1 0 .311

Stamets ss 5 0 3 1 .297

Fick p 3 0 1 0 .407

Baehl rf 5 0 3 0 .308

Wallace cf 4 0 0 0 .314

Oesterle 3b 4 0 0 0 .269

Pearson c 4 0 1 0 .205

Kuester 1b 3 0 0 0 .229

Legan lf 4 1 1 0 .276

Totals 37 1 10 1

WICHITA STATE ab r h bi avg.

Grimes ss 3 0 0 0 .300

Hall cf 4 0 0 0 .259

O’Brien c 4 1 1 0 .409

Springer dh 3 1 2 1 .306

Coy 1b 3 0 1 1 .282

Coughenour 3b 3 0 0 0 .259

Lambert rf 1 0 0 0 .242

Green lf 3 0 0 0 .267

Davidson 2b 3 0 0 0 .244

Totals 27 2 4 2

UE 000 000 100 - 1WSU 100 100 00X - 2

E—Grimes (29). DP—UE 1. LOB—UE 13, WSU 5. 2B—O’Brien (24), Springer (17), Coy (17). SB—Lambert (20). SH— Kuester (5).

Evansville ip h r er bb so era

Fick L,7-4 8 4 2 2 4 11 2.36

WSU ip h r er bb so era

Lowell W,10-4 6Ð 8 1 1 1 4 2.68

Elam S,5 2ð 2 0 0 1 2 1.32

HBP—by Elam (Wallace). BK—Lowell.

Umpires—Home, Wayne Harris; First, Bill McGuire; Second, Bret Bruington; Third, Jason Stidham. T—2:11.

In and out of a jam

WSU pitching coach Brent Kemnitz visited the mound with a simple message for closer Cale Elam with the bases loaded. At one point during the visit, he pointed at home plate.

“He just wanted to me calm down, I was rushing things a little bit,” Elam said. “He wanted me calmed down and going straight toward the plate. It took me a little bit.”

Elam came in with two runners on and one out in the seventh to protect a 2-1 lead. He got Jared Baehl to foul out for the second out. He hit the next batter to load the bases. Then he fell behind Ryan Oesterle 2-0 before Kemnitz visited. Then he threw another ball.

Then he overpowered Oesterle to end the threat.

“I threw him three straight fastballs,” Elam said. “I got down 3-0, and that’s just the worst thing I could ever imagine.”

It added up to more frustration for the Aces, who stranded 13 runners.

“We have the bases loaded and a 3-0 count,” Evansville coach Wes Carroll said. “Elam makes three big pitches right there, painting black, black, black.”

Elam, a second-team All-MVC pitcher, kept his ERA at 0.00 against Valley teams. He has pitched 16 innings without allowing a run.

Move that runner

The Shockers walked away from the park thinking shutout.

The Aces scored in the seventh, an inning that started when Ty Legan bounced a ball over the mound. Shortstop Tyler Grimes gloved it on the run and threw. First-base umpire Bill McGuire ruled Legan safe on a close play that the Shockers disputed.

Then McGuire called a balk on WSU’s Charlie Lowell, moving Legan to second. Trentt Copeland, who tried to sacrifice Legan to second, got another at-bat.

“They said I didn’t stop,” Lowell said. “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve pretty much done the same thing all year and I haven’t been called for it.”

Lowell struck out Copeland. Eric Stamets singled to drive in Legan, cutting WSU’s lead to 2-1. After Lowell walked Cody Fick, Elam relieved him.

“No big deal,” Lowell said. “It was just one run.”

With Wedge

WSU catcher Chris O’Brien doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. That ties him for sixth place on the career list with catcher Eric Wedge (1989).

It is the longest Shocker streak since Andy Dirks hit in 30 straight in 2008.

Next up is Loren Hibbs’ mark of 26, set in 1982.

Poorly placed

Wichita State bunted more effectively this season than. On Tuesday, however, the Shockers didn’t execute and it may have cost them a run or more.

In the first inning, Kevin Hall couldn’t move Tyler Grimes to second. Forced to swing, he grounded into a double play. O’Brien and Preston Springer followed with doubles. In the eighth, Micah Green fouled out to the third baseman trying to bunt with Don Lambert at first.

“We misplayed a couple of bunt opportunities, and we’re going to fix that,” WSU coach Gene Stephenson said.

Worth noting

WSU shortstop Tyler Grimes dropped a groundball in the sixth inning, allowing the runner to reach, his first error since May 8 at Creighton, a streak of eight games. It also broke a stretch of five errorless games by WSU infielders. Grimes has 28 errors, second-most by a Shocker. Mike Davis holds the record with 34 in 1978.æ.æ.æ. WSU won its sixth straight game, its longest streak since starting the season 7-0.æ.æ.æ. The Shockers won their first tournament game for the fourth straight year. They lost their two previous openers (at Springfield, Mo., in 2004 and 2007) when the tournament was away from Eck Stadium.æ.æ.æ. WSU is 4-0 against Evansville in the tournament since 2006, when the Aces run-ruled the Shockers 14-3 to eliminate them in 2006 at Eck Stadium.

_ Paul Suellentrop

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