vs.No. 28 Wichita State (17-8) at Hawaii (11-13)
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Date: March 30-April 2
First Pitch: 11:35, 11:35, 11:35, 1:05 p.m. CST
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Stadium: Les Murakami Stadium
Radio: KNSS 1330 AM
Talent: Shane Dennis (pbp)
Series: WSU leads 20-15
Probable Pitching Matchups:
March 30 — Tim Kelley (RHP, 3-1, 0.95) vs. Jesse Moore (RHP, 0-2, 3.76)
March 31 — Josh Smith (LHP, 3-1, 3.18) vs. Matt Siston (RHP, 1-3, 2.27)
April 1 — Brian Flynn (LHP, 2-0, 4.40) vs. Christian Jones (RHP, 2-1, 3.49)
April 2 — Charlie Lowell (LHP, 4-3, 3.62) vs. Jarrett Arakawa (LHP, 1-2, 3.94)
• WSU leads the overall series with Hawaii 20-15.
• The Shockers dropped to 28th in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week.
• The Shocker offense is averaging 5.8 walks per game.
• Tyler Grimes has drawn a walk in 24 of 25 games this season.
• Kevin Hall is on a six-game hitting streak and Tyler Coughenour is on a five-game streak.
• WSU is 17th nationally in runs per game allowed at 3.2.
• Tyler Grimes is first nationally in walks (35) and seventh in runs (31).
• Tim Kelley is tied for third nationally in games started (7) and tied for eighth in shutouts (1).
• Charlie Lowell is tied for third nationally in games started (7).
• Chance Sossamon is third nationally in combined shutouts (3).
• The Shockers are fourth nationally in shutouts (6). The Shocker offense is fifth in walks (144) and ninth in stolen bases (50).
• Johnny Coy leads the Shockers with 13 2-out RBI, while Chris O’Brien has 11.
• Don Lambert stole home against New Orleans on March 4. It was the first time a Shocker stole home since 2009.
• Tyler Grimes stole four bases and walked four times against New Orleans on March 4. Both marks are tied for fifth in the Shocker record books.
• Kevin Hall hit his first home run of the season, an inside the park home run, on Feb. 26 against North Dakota. It was the first inside the park home run for the Shockers since Damon Sublett hit one against South Alabama on May 9, 2007.
• Tim Kelley is one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
• The Shockers are now 65-0 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• The Shockers had their first shutout on opening day since 2005.
• WSU returns five starters and 16 letterwinners from the 2010 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns five starting pitchers including Tim Kelley, Charlie Lowell, Josh Smith, Tobin Mateychick and Brian Flynn.
Hawaii is currently 11-13 overall and is coming off of four-straight losses to No. 13 Cal State Fullerton over the weekend. Wins this season have come against No. 9 Oregon twice, No. 7 Texas, LMU twice, Portland twice, and Centenary four times. Losses have come against No. 9 Oregon twice, No. 7 Texas twice, LMU twice, Long Beach State, Portland twice and No. 13 Cal State Fullerton four times. As a team, the Rainbows are batting .244 with a team ERA of 3.19. UH is led offensively by Kolten Wong who is hitting .374 with four doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and eight stolen bases. The Rainbows are led by 10th-year head coach Mike Trapasso.
Series History vs. the Rainbows
Wichita State leads the overall series with Hawaii 20-15. The Shockers also lead the series in Honolulu 19-12. WSU has won six in a row in the series.
Last Meeting vs. Hawaii
The last meeting between the two teams was a three-game series in Honolulu Feb. 23-25, 2007. The Shockers swept the series by scores of 7-1, 10-4 and 5-4.
Sophomore third baseman Erik Harbutz injured his right shoulder on March 4 against New Orleans. A MRA revealed a torn labrum and he is out indefinitely to play defense but is available to pinch hit and pinch run.
Sophomore outfielder Garrett Bayliff dislocated his right ankle causing a fracture in his right fibula on Feb. 26 while stealing second base. He had surgery on March 1.
His status for the rest of the season is uncertain at this time.
The Shocker bullpen was impressive in six games this week. The bullpen threw 32.1 innings and allowed just four earned runs. Nine players pitched out of the pen in the six games and collected a 1.11 ERA.
Longest Game in History
Wichita State played its longest game in history on March 26 at Oregon. The Shockers and Ducks played a 17-inning game which lasted six hours and four minutes. It broke the record of 16 innings which was set in 2004 at Kansas State.
Freshmen Playing a Role
Nine Shocker freshmen played during the six-game week. Third baseman Tyler Coughenour and outfielder Micah Green played in every game, while outfielder Zach Stucky played in two and infielders Josh Halbert and Dayne Parker each played in one. On the mound, Aaron LaBrie made three appearances, Cale Elam and Zach Beringer two and Foster Vielock one.
Grimes’ Streak Ends
Tyler Grimes walked in the first game of the Air Force series on March 22 to increase his streak to 20 games, but the streak ended there. He has totaled a team-high 35 walks in 25 games this season and is first nationally.
Grimes Collects Record
Tyler Grimes was hit by a pitch on Sun., March 20 for the 36th time in his career. That breaks the school record of 35 set by Casey Blake from 1993-96. He now has 37 for his career.
In the Valley Stats
As a team, the Shockers are ranked first in ERA (2.62) and fourth in fielding percentage (.964). Individually, Tyler Grimes is first in runs scored (31) and third in stolen bases (14), Kevin Hall is first in stolen bases (16) and fourth in runs (23), Johnny Coy is third in RBI (26) and third in doubles (8), Chris O’Brien is fourth in RBI (22), Charlie Lowell is first in strikeouts (48), and Tim Kelley is first in ERA (0.95) and fourth in strikeouts (37).