Listen | Live Stats | Game Notes
Date: March 11
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Stillwater, Okla.
Stadium: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium
Radio: KNSS 1330 AM
Talent: Mike Kennedy & Shane Dennis
Series: Oklahoma State leads 54-35
Probable Pitching Matchup
March 11 — Kris Gardner (LHP, 0-0, 3.86) vs. Mark Robinette (RHP, 0-0, 3.00)
• The game will be broadcast on KNSS 1330 AM. The game will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• Oklahoma State leads the overall series with the Shockers 54-35.
• The Shockers are 2-0 on the road this season.
• The Shockers are 9-1 when leading after seven innings.
• WSU is 23rd nationally in batting average and 20th in ERA.
• Casey Gillaspie is 33rd nationally in batting average, 37th in RBI, 24th in on base percentage, 28th in home runs and 11th in slugging percentage. He is ranked in the top-50 nationally in 11 statistical categories.
• Junior Kris Gardner will be making his fourth career start against Oklahoma State on Tuesday. He has pitched 14 innings against the Cowboys and has allowed seven hits with 11 strikeouts. He is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA against OSU.
• Senior Garrett Bayliff is 5-for-10 (.500) in his career against Oklahoma State.
• Junior Casey Gillaspie leads the Shockers with eight multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games.
• Gillaspie is hitting .538 with two outs and leads the Shockers with six two-out RBI.
• In two road games, the Shockers are hitting .320 with a 1.00 ERA.
• WSU is 6-4 in its last 10 games. In those games, the Shocks are hitting .281 with a 2.59 ERA and a .979 fielding percentage.
• In 13 starts, WSU’s starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA.
• Head Coach Todd Butler has used the same lineup just once in 2014 and that was for the first two games of the season.
• The Shocks were picked first in the MVC Preseason Poll.
• Junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie, junior catcher Tyler Baker, senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff and senior relief pitcher Aaron LaBrie were named to the preseason all-Valley team.
• The Shockers are 74-4 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• WSU set a school record with a .977 fielding percentage in 2013. The entire infield returns for 2014.
• The Shocks set the school record for fewest errors in a season with 61 in 2013.
• WSU returns eight starters and 20 letterwinners from the 2013 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns four starting pitchers including Cale Elam, A.J. Ladwig, Kris Gardner and Garrett Brummett.
• WSU has ranked in the top 25 in attendance since 1999.
• Head Coach Todd Butler is in his first season as coach of the Shockers.
• Butler is looking for his 100th career win as a head coach. He is currently 99-87 overall.
• Assistant Coach Brian Walker is the third base coach and Volunteer Assistant Coach Jon Coyne is the first base coach.
Scouting Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is 11-4 and coming off of a series loss to San Diego over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Incarnate Word, Stephen F. Austin, UT Arlington, Alcorn State twice, Oakland three times, Gonzaga, Manhattan and San Diego. Losses have come against Oakland, Arizona State and San Diego twice. As a team, the Cowboys are hitting .253 with a team ERA of 4.03. Zach Fish leads OSU offensively as he is hitting .365 with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. The Cowboys are led by second-year head coach Josh Holliday.
Series History vs. the Cowboys
Oklahoma State leads the overall series with Wichita State, 54-35. OSU leads the series 30-18 in Stillwater. The Shockers are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings overall.
Last Meeting vs. OSU
The last meeting between the two teams was May 14, 2013, in Wichita. The Cowboys won the game 7-2. Garrett Bayliff went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Shockers. Starter Kris Gardner took the loss.
Green Named Valley Player-of-the-Week
Wichita State baseball student-athlete Micah Green has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9.
Green, a senior outfielder from Aurora, Colo., led the Shockers to a series win over Stephen F. Austin over the weekend. He went 5-for-11 (.455) and had two runs, one double, one home run, four RBI and a sacrifice fly.
In game one against Stephen F. Austin, he went 1-for-4 and in game two he went 3-for-4 with a run, three RBI and a home run. His two-run home run in the sixth inning gave the Shockers a 3-2 lead and his RBI single in the eighth gave the Shockers a 4-2 lead. In the finale against the Lumberjacks, he went 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI, a double and a sacrifice fly. He is now hitting .347 on the year with 11 RBI.
Shocks in the NCAA Stats
Wichita State is ranked in the top-50 in several statistical categories in the second NCAA stats release of the season. The Shockers are 23rd in batting average, 29th in doubles, 15th in doubles per game, 20th in ERA, 32nd in home runs, 31st in home runs per game, 26th in shutouts, 21st in slugging percentage, 17th in walks allowed per nine innings and 18th in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Individually, Casey Gillaspie is 28th in walks, 17th in walks per game, 33rd in batting average, 28th in home runs, 31st in home runs per game, 24th in on base percentage, 37th in RBI, 22nd in RBI per game, 39th in runs per game, 11th in slugging percentage and 32nd in total bases. Tanner Dearman is 16th in stolen bases and 14th in stolen bases per game. Micah Green is 14th in sacrifice flies. Cale Elam is 29th in strikeout-to-walk ratio, A.J. Ladwig is 15th in games started Foster Vielock is 45th in saves and Sam Tewes is 24th in victories and 15th in games started.
Looking for 100
Head Coach Todd Butler is getting closer to his 100th career win as a head coach. Butler is currently 99-87 in his career and needs just one more win to reach 100.
Tough Road Trip
The Shockers will start the toughest road trip of the season with six-straight games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams. Wichita State travels to Oklahoma State on Tue., March 11 followed by a three-game series at UC Santa Barbara on March 14-16. The Shockers close out the road trip with two games at Arizona State on March 18-19.
Pitching Staff Impressive
The Shocker pitching staff was impressive in the series over the weekend against Stephen F. Austin. Eight Shocker pitchers combined to allow just three earned runs in 27 innings. The staff allowed 26 hits with just two walks and 22 strikeouts.
The New Dad Delivers
Senior pitcher Cale Elam earned his second win of the season on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin. He pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He pitched just one day after the birth of his son. He and his wife Kelby welcomed Kaden on Sat., March 8.
ORU Game Rescheduled for March 26
Wichita State’s baseball game with Oral Roberts has been rescheduled for Wed., March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla.
The game was originally scheduled for Tue., March 4 at 3 p.m., but was cancelled due to snow.
Pitcher of the Week Nominee - Sam Tewes
Freshman pitcher Sam Tewes pitched a career-high seven innings in a win over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. He combined for the shutout and allowed seven singles with one walk and three strikeouts. The Lumberjacks had five base runners reach scoring position, but Tewes stranded the runners each time. With the win, he improved to 3-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.70.
Scholar-Athlete of the Week Nominee - Garrett Bayliff
Garrett Bayliff led the Shockers to a series win over Stephen F. Austin over the weekend. He went 5-for-11 (.455) with two runs, a double, a triple, an RBI, a walk and two stolen bases. In game one against the Lumberjacks, he went 1-for-4 and in game two he went 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base. In the finale, he went 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI, a double, a triple and a stolen base. Bayliff has a 3.31 GPA in exercise science.