Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report (May 8)

Sunday's box score

CREIGHTON

ab, r, h, bi, .avg

Ross, 3b: 4, 0, 1, 0, .219

Mattingly, ph: 1, 0, 0, 0, .108

Judkins, 1b: 2, 0, 0, 0, .219

Blatchford, lf: 0, 0, 0, 0, .167

Mackovicka, ph, lf: 1, 0, 0, 0, .368

Swift, ss: 4, 1, 1, 0, .289

Adams, rf: 3, 1, 1, 2, .408

Staehely, 2b: 4, 0, 0, 0, .319

Bemboom, c: 4, 0, 0, 0, .246

Thornburg, dh: 3, 0, 1, 0, .266

Cuno, ph: 0, 0, 0, 0, .333

Gerber, cf: 3, 1, 1, 1, .275

Bowens, lf: 1, 0, 0, 0, .231

Thibodeaux, ph/1b: 2, 0, 1, 0, .259

Totals: 32, 3, 6, 3

WICHITA STATE

ab, r, h, bi, .avg

Grimes, ss: 3, 1, 0, 0, .318

Hall, cf: 4, 1, 1, 1, .270

O'Brien, c: 4, 3, 3, 0, .408

Coy, 1b: 4, 0, 0, 1, .295

Springer, dh: 4, 2, 2, 3, .313

Coughenour, 3b: 4, 1, 1, 0, .295

Lambert, rf: 3, 2, 0, 0, .256

Green, lf: 5, 1, 3, 4, .267

Davidson, 2b: 4, 1, 1, 2, .238

Totals: 35, 12, 11, 11

CU: 000 012 000 - 3 WSU: 204 400 20X - 12

E-Ross (6), Grimes 2 (28) Coughenour (13). DP-CU 1, WSU 2. LOB-CU 9, WSU 9. 2B-Thibodeaux (2), O'Brien (23), Springer (16), Green (4). 3B-Green (2). HR-Gerber (5), Adams (13). HBP-Thibodeaux.

SH-Judkins (18). SB-Grimes (23), Davidson (8).

CU

ip, h, r, er, bb, so, era

Hellhake, L 3-3: 2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 1, 4.74

Webb: 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4.39

VanLeur: 1, 3, 4, 4, 2, 0, 3.48

McGraw: 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 4, 2.70

Winkelman: 1, 3, 2, 0, 0, 1, 3.52

Musec: 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 5.14

WSU

ip, h, r, er, bb, so, era

Smith W, 5-35: 6, 3, 3, 2, 4, 3.92

Sossamon: 2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 4, 4.03

Elam: 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3, 0.85

WP-Hellhake (5), Sossamon (3). HBP- by Elam (Thibodeaux ).

Umpires-Home, Ben Harlow; First, Bill McGuire; Third, John Routh

T- 2:36. A - 3,696.

Hanging around

Missouri Valley Conference games have been tough on WSU lefty Josh Smith.

He pitched in miserable cold and wind against Evansville at Eck Stadium. Errors helped him to an early exit at Southern Illinois. He didn't get out of the second inning against Illinois State.

On Sunday, Smith stuck around long enough to earn the victory. He pitched five innings, allowing six hits and three runs.

Smith survived two potential trouble spots early, the kind that hurt in recent starts.

Shortstop Tyler Grimes was charged with two errors on one play after Creighton leadoff hitter Chance Ross grounded a ball to him. Grimes stumbled after fielding the ball, the first error, and then threw wild to allow Ross to reach second base.

After Nick Judkins bunted Ross to third, Smith struck out Jimmy Swift and Trever Adams, the MVC's top hitter.

"I tried not to let the little things affect me this time and I just went to work," Smith said. "In a crucial situation, for the most part, I got ahead and worked from there. To get jobs done, we've got to pick each other. That's how you win ball games."

Smith got two quick outs in the second. A single and a walk complicated the inning before he struck out Joey Bowens with a slider.

"My slider is a lot better than it has been the last two weeks," Smith said.

In and out

Creighton broke up the shutout with an inside-the-park home run by Mike Gerber in the fifth.

He hit the ball toward right field, with Don Lambert chasing. Lambert jumped and almost came down with a fantastic catch.

"I hit the wall and dropped it," he said.

By the time Lambert recovered and threw, Gerber was on his way. He scored easily.

Hot hitters

WSU scored eight runs in Friday's win and 12 on Sunday. The Bluejays aren't used to giving up those numbers.

Creighton had not allowed more than six runs since April 5. It had allowed eight or more runs only four times all season.

Notes

WSU won the series for the fifth straight season.... WSU catcher Chris O'Brien extended his hitting streak to 17 games. He went 7 for 14 in the series. Third baseman Tyler Coughenour extended his to nine with a single in the eighth that hopped over the glove of the third baseman.... DH Preston Springer drove in six runs in the series and went 6 for 13. In five career games against Creighton he is 11 for 23.... WSU relievers pitched 8 2/3 innings in the series and didn't allow a run.

-- Paul Suellentrop

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