Wichita State Shockers

Santa Barbara ace shackles Shockers

Wichita State’s five-game trip west got off on the wrong foot Friday in a 2-1 loss to Cal-Santa Barbara.

The Shockers were shut out for 8 1/3 innings, until Casey Gillaspie hammered a long homer to left-center to prevent WSU’s third scoreless game this season. WSU managed just five hits and a walk as Gauchos left-handed starter Justin Jacome improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.30.

The loss overshadowed a good pitching performance by A.J. Ladwig (1-2), who went seven innings. He allowed three straight singles in the third, enabling Joey Epperson to score the first run of the game. Woody Woodward opened the sixth with a single, stole second and scored on Andrew Calica’s double.

The Shockers had a good chance to score in the sixth. Dayne Parker opened with a single, and Wes Phillips ran for him. Tanner Dearman sacrificed Phillips to second. Erik Harbutz struck out. Garrett Bayliff walked and Gillaspie then forced Bayliff at second with a ground ball to end the threat.

Notes: Leadoff hitters continue to slump for WSU. Although Harbutz did get a hit, leadoff hitters are 13 for 63 (.206) for the season. They are 4 for 27 (.148) in the last seven games.… Neither team made an error. WSU has four errorless games.… Bayliff and Chase Simpson saw their four-game hitting streaks end.… Cale Elam (2-0, 0.98 ERA) will pitch for WSU on Saturday.… Tyler Baker continued his hot hitting. The catcher got two hits and is 8 for 21 (.381) in his last six games.… Bayliff hit into some bad luck, lining into a double play in the first and two drives to center. Even going 0 for 3, he is hitting .385 in his last seven games (10 for 26).… UCSB (12-2) is ranked 20th by Collegiate Baseball.… It was WSU’s first true road loss of the season after three victories.… The loss also snapped WSU’s three-game winning streak.

Wichita State AB R H BI BB SO AVG
Harbutz dh 4 0 1 0 0 2 .182
Bayliff rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .323
Gillaspie 1b 4 1 1 1 0 0 .407
Simpson 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Green cf 4 0 0 0 0 3 .304
Baker c 3 0 2 0 0 0 .273
Kirk ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .185
Parker 2b 2 0 1 0 0 0 .278
Phillips pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364
Koeiman 2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .179
Dearman lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .196
Totals 30 1 5 1 1 6
UC-Santa Barbara
Epperson 3b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .500
Clark 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Maris ss 3 0 1 0 0 1 .250
Woodward 2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .320
Kuresa 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .262
Calica cf 4 0 2 1 0 1 .408
Nesovic dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Newell lf 2 0 0 0 1 0 .259
Quinlan rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .282
Grover c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Totals 31 2 8 2 1 4
Wichita State 000 000 001 1
UC-S. Barbara 001 001 00x 2

DP — UCSB. LOB — WSU 4, UCSB 7. 2B — Calica (4), Kuresa (5). HR — Gillaspie (4). S — Dearman, Maris. SB — Calica (5), Woodward (2), Newell (5).

Wichita State IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Ladwig L,1-2 7 7 2 2 1 3 1.10
LaBrie 1 1 0 0 0 1 2.63
UC-Santa Barbara
Jacome W,3-0 8 1/3 5 1 1 1 5 0.98
Tate S,4 2/3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Umpires — home, Rob Hansen; first, Allen Williams; third, John Visciglia. T — 2:10. A — 450.

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