Tue, Feb. 19 — 3 p.m.
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Date: Feb. 19
First Pitch: 3 p.m. CST
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Stadium: J.L. Johnson Stadium
Radio: 98.7 FM/KFH 1240 KFH AM
Talent: Shane Dennis
Series: WSU leads 30-26
Probable Pitching Matchup
Feb. 19 — Cale Elam (RHP, 0-0, 5.79) vs. Guillermo Trujillo (RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
• Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on 98.7 FM/KFH 1240 AM and will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• Head Coach Gene Stephenson is just two wins shy of 1,800 for his career.
• WSU leads the series with ORU, 30-26. WSU also leads the series in Tulsa, 12-9, and has won the last two meetings in Tulsa.
• The Shockers are 69-3 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• WSU is 134-37 all-time overall in the month of February.
• 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.
Scouting Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts is 1-2 on the season after playing three games with Saint Louis over the weekend. Nate Goro led the Golden Eagles going 5-for-11 in the series, while Matt Brandy went 4-for-10. ORU is hitting .255 as a team with a team ERA of 3.67. Freshman Guillermo Trujillo is scheduled to make his debut against the Shockers on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles are led by first-year head coach Ryan Folmar.
Series History vs. ORU
Wichita State leads the overall series with Oral Roberts, 30-26. WSU also leads the series in Tulsa, 12-9, but ORU has won seven of the last nine meetings in Tulsa. Two years ago, the Shockers won for the first time in Tulsa since 1994. WSU also won last season in Tulsa, 10-3. The Shockers are just 4-6 against the Golden Eagles overall in the last 10 meetings.
Last Meeting vs. the Golden Eagles
The last meeting between the two teams was March 13, 2012, in Wichita. ORU won 7-1. Johnny Coy, Don Lambert and Tyler Baker each went 2-for-4. Starter A.J. Ladwig took the loss.
Starting Off with a Home Run
Sophomore Casey Gillaspie hit a home run in his first at bat of the season on Feb. 15 against Pittsburgh. The last Shocker to hit a home run in his first at bat of the season was Damon Sublett on Feb. 8, 2006 at Hawaii-Hilo.
Junior Garrett Bayliff is currently on a four-game hitting streak. He had a hit in the last two games of his 2012 season and has had a hit in the two games he has played in this season. In 2013, he is 4-for-9 with two RBI.
Wichita State had 11 newcomers debut on opening weekend. Juniors Drew Palmer, Brandon Peterson and Sean Moore, sophomore Cody Bobbit and freshmen Tanner Dearman, Joe Haddox, Tanner Kirk, Daniel Kihle, Parker Zimmerman, Garrett Brummett and Austin Sanders all played in the Pittsburgh series.
Nineteen players on Wichita State’s roster have faced Oral Roberts in their careers. Ten position players and nine pitchers have played in the series over the last three years.
Schedule Change for Next Weekend
The schedule for the Wichita State-Delaware baseball series has been changed to allow fans to attend the baseball and men’s basketball games on Sat., Feb. 23.
The Shockers will now play a doubleheader on Fri., Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at Eck Stadium and a single game at 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 23. Sunday’s game remains at 1 p.m.
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 1,849
2. Gene Stephenson, WSU 36 1,798
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.
WSU Baseball on Facebook & Twitter
Become a fan of Wichita State Baseball on Facebook. Check out pictures from 1978-2013 along with videos. Also follow the Shockers on Twitter @ShockerBaseball.
The Gene Stephenson Show
The Gene Stephenson radio show airs on 1330 KNSS from 8-9 p.m. on Monday’s. It is hosted by Mike Kennedy and started on Feb. 11.
The Brent Kemnitz Show
The Brent Kemnitz radio show airs on KNSS 1330 around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday’s. It is hosted by KNSS play-by-play analyst Mike Kennedy. It started on Feb. 16.
2012 Season Review
In 2012, the Shockers finished 35-25 overall and 12-9 in the Valley. Johnny Coy earned first team all-Valley honors, while Cale Elam was named to the second team. Erik Harbutz, Dayne Parker, Micah Green and Josh Smith were named honorable mention, while Kevin Hall was named to the All-Defensive Team. Casey Gillaspie, A.J. Ladwig and Kris Gardner earned Freshman All-America honors.