Wichita State Shockers

Indiana State hits four home runs in 15-10 win over Wichita State

Cody Tyler pitches against Indiana State in Friday’s third inning. Tyler went 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs.
Cody Tyler pitches against Indiana State in Friday’s third inning. Tyler went 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs. Eagle correspondent

Indiana State coach Mitch Hannahs watched batting practice and decided to change his lineup, largely for defense.

He started senior Andrew Gutierrez in center and batted him ninth. That seemingly innocent move later signaled a big offensive night for the Sycamores and more disaster for Wichita State pitching in a 15-10 loss at Eck Stadium on Friday.

Gutierrez entered the game hitting .175 in 11 starts. He hit his first home run in two seasons, a three-run shot to center field, in the second inning. That started a burst of four home runs for Indiana State, two by Tony Rosselli, as part of a 15-hit night. WSU (16-30, 6-7 Missouri Valley Conference) lost its fifth straight game and dropped an MVC opener for the first time. Indiana State (28-16, 8-5) moved into second place in the Valley with its fourth straight win.

“That ball that was hit to center was kind of surprising,” WSU coach Todd Butler said. “He didn’t have very good numbers against left-handed pitchers and we were kind of cruising along and he bolts a ball on us.”

WSU’s Cody Tyler, who was coming off a four-hit shutout against Southern Illinois a week ago, didn’t get out of the fifth inning. The Sycamores took advantage of his strike-throwing tendencies and pounced on his pitches early in the count for nine hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

“I got away with a couple, on some popups,” Tyler said. “And then they hit a couple mistakes. They were aggressive. They were going to swing the bat and you’ve just got to try to make pitches.”

Gutierrez hit an 0-1 fastball to start his 3-for-4 night. Hannahs filled out a lineup card with Rosselli in center and freshman Clay Dungan in left. When he didn’t like how Dungan played balls in the outfield during batting practice, he inserted Gutierrez and moved Rosselli to left.

“I saw us having a lot of trouble,” Hannahs said. “And then (Gutierrez) was swinging it was well as anybody in BP, so I flipped a coin and put him in there.”

WSU led 2-0 in the second and Tyler got two outs, with a runner on, before Tyler Friis singled on an 0-1 pitch. Gutierrez hit an 0-1 fastball, down and away, which frustrated Tyler and put Indiana State up 3-2.

“I thought it was a good pitch,” Tyler said. “I hit my spot. That’s, honestly, worse than not hitting your spot and them getting a hit.”

That started a back-and-forth that the Sycamores ultimately won. The Shockers took a 6-3 lead on a Keenan Eaton’s two run homer in the third. Rosselli’s two-run homer in the fourth made it 6-5. WSU’s Alec Bohm homered in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-5. The Sycamores tied it 7-all and knocked out Tyler with a home run by Hunter Owen and two singles in the fifth.

That put the burden on WSU’s bullpen, which had been protected by two previous strong Friday starts by Tyler. On this Friday, the Sycamores got into the bullpen and took full advantage. They blew the game open with seven runs in the sixth inning, churning through three WSU pitchers who combined to give up four hits, four walks and three wild pitches. Throwing errors by Bohm, trying to throw on the run after fielding a chopper in the hole, and catcher Gunnar Troutwine contributed to the mess.

WSU’s hitters knocked out Sycamores starter Ryan Keaffaber after three innings. The Shockers did all the things they failed to do in Wednesday’s loss to Kansas State by waiting on Keaffaber’s off-speed pitchers and taking them to the opposite field. Bohm went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs. Travis Young went 3 for 4. Eaton, in addition to his first homer, walked and got down a sacrifice bunt.

“The guys did a good job of competing,” Butler said. “He’s a good pitcher and he likes to throw pitches out of the zone. You have to stay in the zone, which is not always easy.”

Worth noting — With rain in the Sunday forecast, Butler said the teams are considering playing a Saturday doubleheader. The decision will be made Saturday morning. … Bohm extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two doubles and a home run. It is the longest streak of the season for the Shockers.… WSU fell to 13-14 in home games.

Indiana State

ab

r

h

bi

bb

so

avg

DeJesus 2b

6

0

0

0

0

0

.277

A.Young 3b

4

1

1

0

1

1

.301

Owen rf

5

2

2

1

1

0

.354

Moore c

5

2

2

0

1

0

.331

Giesler 1b

4

2

2

0

0

0

.309

Rosselli lf

3

3

2

3

2

1

.287

Dungan dh

3

1

1

2

1

0

.277

Friis ss

5

2

2

2

0

2

,276

Gutierrez cf

4

2

3

3

1

0

.227

Totals

39

15

15

11

7

4

Wichita State

Ritter 2b

5

1

1

1

0

0

.295

Mucha cf

5

1

2

0

0

0

.299

Bohm 3b

5

2

3

2

0

1

.304

Jenista 1b

5

0

1

1

0

0

.298

Troutwine c

5

0

0

0

0

3

.278

Vickers ss

3

0

1

0

1

0

.310

Dugas rf

5

2

2

0

0

1

.306

Eaton lf

2

2

1

2

1

1

.143

T.Young dh

4

2

3

1

0

0

.279

Totals

39

10

14

7

2

6

Indiana St.

030

227

010

15 15 2

Wichita St.

222

103

000

10 14 2

E — Keaffaber (1), A. Young (4), Bohm (6), Troutwine (3). DP — WSU, ISU. LOB — ISU 7, WSU 6. 2B — Dungan (6-), Bohm 2 (12), Dugas (7). 3B — Friis (1). HR — Gutierrez (1), Rosselli 2 (6), Owen (5), Eaton (1), Bohm (3). S — Eaton (2). SF — Dungan (3). SB — Gutierrez (4). CS — A. Young (6).

Indiana State

ip

h

r

er

bb

so

era

Keaffaber

3

8

6

5

0

2

3.98

Kuhlman W,1-0

2

2

3

3

1

1

5.56

Larrison S,1

1 2/3

0

0

0

0

0

Wichita State

Tyler

4 1/3

9

7

7

0

2

4.38

Lewis L,1-7

1

2

3

3

2

1

6.42

Williams

0

0

1

1

1

0

8.31

Seiwald

 1/3

2

3

3

2

0

5.40

Evans

2 2/3

2

1

1

2

1

6.00

Lungwitz

 2/3

0

0

0

0

0

9.20

WP — Keaffaber (2), Williams (7), Seiwald (3), Evans 2 (2). HBP — Giesler (by Tyler), Vickers (by Keaffaber), A.Young (by Evans). PB — Troutwine (15). Umpires — home, Wayne Harris; first, Bill McGuire; third, Mark Wagers. T — 3:29. A — 2,021.

Indiana State at Wichita State

  • When: 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Eck Stadium
  • Pitchers: ISU, RH Tyler Ward (6-3, .282); WSU RH Clayton McGinnes (1-2, 6.75)
  • Records: ISU 28-16, 8-5 MVC; WSU 16-30, 6-7
  • Radio: KNSS, 1330-AM
  • Internet: ESPN3.com
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