Saturday’s box score
E — Gillaspie (5). DP — Arkansas, WSU. LOB — Arkansas 7, WSU 5. HR — Gillaspie (11). CS — Serrano, Fisher, Kihle. S — Mucha.
|Stanek W,10-2||7 1/3||2||1||1||6||3||1.39|
Umpires — Home, Skip Dietz; first, Mike Schultz; second, Dan Mascorro; third, Steve Mattingly. T — 2:52. A — 2,295.
Wichita State starter A.J. Ladwig refused to let the first inning fluster him.
After giving up two runs, he kept the Shockers in the game with five solid innings. He scattered nine hits, walking one, and struck out five.
He retired Arkansas in order in the third and fourth innings. In the sixth, he struck out the side.
“I was leaving my off-speed stuff up and not really locating my fastball,” he said. “As the game went on, I went to my changeup as my strikeout pitch _ I think all of my strikeouts were on my changeup — so once I had that working, I was cruising.”
Ladwig, a sophomore, pitched well in both his postseason outings. In the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, he allowed Creighton 10 hits and four runs in an 11-4 win, his first complete game. In his final four starts of the season, he compiled a 2.75 ERA in 26 2/3 innings.
Casey Gillaspie’s home run was the first earned run allowed by Ryne Stanek since May 4, a streak of 26 1/3 innings.
He allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings at Kentucky, then totaled 22 2/3 innings against Tennessee, Auburn and LSU without an earned run, plus three against the Shockers.
Gillaspie’s 11 homers are the most by a Shocker since Preston Springer and Cody Lassley both hit 11 in 2010.
Gillaspie, a sophomore, homered eight times as a freshman. His total of 11 matches the season-high by his brother, Conor Gillaspie, who played at WSU from 2006-08.
WSU lost its sixth straight NCAA game, a streak that started in the 2008 super regional. It is the longest such streak in WSU’s 28 regional appearances.… Arkansas won its fifth straight game against WSU, a streak that started in the 2004 regional at Baum Stadium. The teams met for the ninth time in NCAA play with the Shockers winning five.… WSU right fielder Garrett Bayliff ended his 14-game hitting streak on Friday and went hitless on Saturday. It was the second time this season he went without a hit in back-to-back games, previously on March 23 at Hawaii and March 26 against Air Force. Bayliff reached base four times Friday, walking twice, reaching on a wild pitch and an error and scored three runs. Saturday, he walked. He finished the season with a team-high .379 batting average.… DH Johnny Coy led WSU with a .429 batting average in the regional. He went 3 for 7 and doubled twice. Gillaspie hit .286 and drove in four runs.
— Paul Suellentrop