Fri., Feb. 15 — 3 p.m.Sat., Feb. 16 — 2 p.m.Sun., Feb. 17 — 1 p.m.
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Friday - $3 Grandstand tickets
Date: Feb. 15-17
First Pitch: 3, 2, 1 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium
Radio: 98.7 FM/KFH 1240 AM (Fri.) & KNSS 1330 AM (Sat. & Sun.)
Talent: Mike Kennedy & Shane Dennis
Series: First Meeting
Probable Pitching Matchups
Feb. 15 — Cale Elam (RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Ethan Mildren (RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
Feb. 16 — A.J. Ladwig (RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Matt Wotherspoon (RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
Feb. 17 — Kris Gardner (LHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Rhys Aldenhoven (RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
• Friday’s game will be broadcast on 98.7 FM/KFH 1240 AM, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on KNSS 1330 AM. All three games will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• This will be the first meeting between Wichita State and Pittsburgh.
• Head Coach Gene Stephenson is just two wins shy of 1,800 for his career.
• WSU is 26-9 under Gene Stephenson in season openers.
• The Shockers are 33-2 in home openers under Gene Stephenson.
• The Shockers are 69-0 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• WSU is 134-34 all-time overall in the month of February.
• Cale Elam will be making his first career start on Friday.
• The Shocks were picked second in the MVC Preseason Poll.
• Senior Johnny Coy was named to the preseason all-Valley team at first base.
• WSU tied a school record with a .974 fielding percentage in 2012. The entire infield returns for 2013.
• The Shocks set the school record for fewest errors in a season with 62 in 2012.
• WSU returns six starters and 20 letterwinners from the 2012 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns three starting pitchers including Kris Gardner, A.J. Ladwig and Tobin Mateychick.
• WSU has ranked in the top 20 in attendance since 1999.
The Panthers return 16 letterwinners and six starters from a team that went 28-28 a year ago. They are picked seventh in the Big East preseason poll. Last season, the Panthers hit .290 and the pitching staff had a 4.50 ERA. Returning offensively for Pitt is outfielder Boo Vazquez, outfielder Casey Roche, third baseman Sam Parente and shortstop Evan Oswald. On the mound, Ethan Mildren and Matt Wotherspoon return after each throwing more than 91 innings last season. The Panthers are led by 16th-year head coach Joe Jordano.
Series History vs. Pitt
This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
Stephenson a Winner in Season Openers
In head coach Gene Stephenson’s 35 years at WSU, the Shockers are 26-9 in season openers. The last time WSU lost a season opener was in 2012, a 1-0 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.
Stephenson a Winner in Home Openers
In head coach Gene Stephenson’s 35 years at WSU, the Shockers are 33-2 in home openers. The two losses were to New Mexico, 11-13, in 1988 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and to Richmond, 10-11, in 2007.
Elam to Make First Start
Junior Cale Elam will be making his first career start on Friday against Pittsburgh. In his career, Elam has allowed just four extra base hits, two doubles in 2011 and a home run and a double in 2012. He has allowed 53 singles.
TV Schedule Announced
Seven Wichita State baseball games during the 2013 season will be televised on Cox Communications’ Kansas 22 that expands Shocker baseball coverage throughout the state of Kansas, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced Feb. 7.
The seven games that will be televised are April 5 against Indiana State, April 16 against Kansas State, April 23 at Oklahoma State, April 30 at Kansas, May 3 and May 4 at Missouri State, and May 16 against Northwestern.
In addition, each game will appear live or tape delayed via Metro Sports on Time Warner Cable in Kansas City.
Bruce Haertl will serve as play-by-play analyst for the seven broadcasts while Shane Dennis will be the color analyst.
The Shockers will also be on Kansas 22 on April 9 at Kansas State as part of the Wildcats television package.
Shocks Picked Second in the Valley
The Shockers were second in the Valley preseason poll done by the league’s coaches. WSU totaled 47 points and one first-place vote. Missouri State was picked first with six first-place votes.
Coy Named to Preseason All-Valley Team
Senior first baseman Johnny Coy was named to the preseason all-Valley team at first base. Coy earned first team all-Valley honors as the designated hitter in 2012.
Shockers Ranked in Preseason Poll
Wichita State is ranked in one preseason poll. The Shockers are ranked 32nd by Collegiate Baseball. The Shockers are also receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and the NCBWA poll.
Stephenson Looking for 1,800 Wins
Shocker head coach Gene Stephenson won his 1,700th career game on April 4, 2010, against Evansville. He became just the second Division I baseball coach to reach that milestone. Texas coach Augie Garrido is the only other coach to win 1,700 games. Stephenson is second on the all-time wins list for Division I baseball coaches behind active coach Garrido.
All-Time (By Wins)
1. Augie Garrido, Texas 45 1,847
2. Gene Stephenson, WSU 36 1,798
Hitting Streaks Alive
Three Shockers come into the 2013 season on hitting streaks. Sophomores Mikel Mucha and Tyler Baker are each on a four-game hitting streak, while junior Garrett Bayliff is on a two-game hitting streak.
Coy Named Preseason All-American
Senior Johnny Coy earned several preseason All-America honors. He was named first team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and third team by Collegiate Baseball.
Two All-Valley Performers Return
WSU returns two all-Valley performers in 2013 in first team selection Johnny Coy and second team selection Cale Elam. Coy earned the nod as the designated hitter, while Elam was honored as a relief pitcher.
Six Starters Return
WSU returns six starters from the 2012 team in senior Johnny Coy, juniors Dayne Parker and Erik Harbutz and sophomores Casey Gillaspie, Tyler Baker and Taylor Doggett.
Pitching Staff Solid
The Shockers return nine pitchers from the 2012 team including starters Kris Gardner, A.J. Ladwig and Tobin Mateychick. Relievers include Cale Elam, TJ McGreevy, Aaron LaBrie, Foster Vielock and Albert Minnis. Zach Beringer also returns after missing the 2012 season with back and knee injuries.
Shocks to Play 40 Home Games
WSU will play 40 home games in 2013 including 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Oral Roberts, Indiana State and Creighton. The Shockers also host Pittsburgh, Delaware, Fordham, Nebraska-Omaha, Texas-Pan American, North Dakota, Air Force, Illinois State, Arizona State, Kansas State, Evansville, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Northwestern.
Newcomers Look to Make Impact
WSU welcomes 11 newcomers to the 2013 team including juniors Sean Moore, Brandon Peterson and Drew Palmer, sophomore Cody Bobbit and freshmen Tanner Dearman, Tanner Kirk, Daniel Kihle, Garrett Brummett, Parker Zimmerman, Joe Haddox and Austin Sanders.