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Date: March 5-6
First Pitch: 3, 3 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium
Radio: 98.7 FM/KFH 1240 AM
Talent: Mike Kennedy & Shane Dennis
Series: WSU leads ORU 31-26; First Meeting with UNO
Probable Pitching Matchups
March 5 — A.J. Ladwig (RHP, 1-1, 7.71) vs. Kurt Giller (RHP, 0-0, 9.00)
March 6 — Zach Beringer (RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Cole Volkers (LHP, 0-0, 6.75)
• Both games this midweek will be on 98.7 FM/1240 KFH AM. Both will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• WSU leads the series with ORU 31-26. The Shocks also lead the series in Wichita 16-15.
• It is the first meeting between Wichita State and Nebraska-Omaha.
• Tyler Baker is this week’s MVC Player-of-the-Week.
• TJ McGreevy is this week’s MVC Pitcher-of-the-Week.
• Tyler Baker is currently on a career-best eight-game hitting streak.
• Micah Green went 8-for-16 in five games last week.
• On the five-game road trip last week to Arkansas, the Shockers hit .305 as a team with a 3.07 ERA and a .984 fielding percentage.
• Head Coach Gene Stephenson won his 1,800th career game on Feb. 28 at Arkansas-Little Rock.
• The Shockers are 69-3 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• WSU is 135-37 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 5-5 on the season after taking two of three at SEMO over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Saint Louis, Louisiana Tech twice and SEMO twice. Losses have come against Saint Louis twice, Louisiana Tech, Wichita State and SEMO.Nate Goro leads the Golden Eagles offensively as he is hitting .410 with two doubles and two RBI. ORU is hitting .237 as a team with a team ERA of 3.16. 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, 31-26. WSU also leads the series in Wichita 16-15. The Shockers are just 4-6 against the Golden Eagles overall in the last 10 meetings and ORU has won the last two meetings in Wichita.
Last Meeting vs. the Golden Eagles
The last meeting between the two teams was a Feb. 19, 2013, in Tulsa. The Shockers won the game 5-4. Casey Gillaspie went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI, while Albert Minnis earned the win.
Nebraska-Omaha opened its season over the weekend in San Antonio. The Mavericks are 0-3 after losing to UTSA, Stephen F. Austin and Penn State. Brett Bass went 5-for-11 (.455) on the weekend with a couple of walks. The Mavericks are led by 14th-year head coach Bob Herold.
Series History vs. the Mavericks
This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
Baker and McGreevy Honored by The Valley
Wichita State baseball student-athlete’s Tyler Baker and TJ McGreevy have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Week and Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week of Feb. 25-March 3.
Baker and McGreevy led the Shockers to a 4-1 week with wins over Arkansas-Little Rock, Western Illinois, New Orleans and Iowa.
Baker, a sophomore catcher from Topeka, Kan., went 9-for-15 (.600) with six runs, three doubles, two home runs and four RBI. He had a 1.200 slugging percentage on the week as well as a perfect fielding percentage in 31 total chances behind the plate.
In a 9-5 win over Arkansas-Little Rock, he went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, a double and a home run and in an 11-3 win over Western Illinois, he went 1-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a home run and a walk. He had a career-high three hits against New Orleans along with a run and a double and he went 1-for-1 with an RBI as a pinch hitter against Central Arkansas. He finished the weekend going 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double against Iowa. He had a hit in all five games last week and increased his career-best hitting streak to eight games.
McGreevy, a senior pitcher from Topeka, Kan., made two relief appearances for the Shockers last week and picked up a win and a save. He went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a save in 6.1 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. Against Arkansas-Little Rock, he came into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on first and second with two outs and the Shockers winning by one run. He retired seven of the eight batters he faced and struck out three of them to earn his first save of the season. Against Iowa, he pitched four shutout innings of relief and allowed just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.
Beringer Ready to Go
Sophomore pitcher Zach Beringer is scheduled to make his season debut on Wed., March 6 against Nebraska-Omaha. Beringer was suspended for the first 10 games of the season due to a violation of team rules back in 2011. He missed last season after having back and knee surgery.
Stephenson Reaches 1,800 Wins
Shocker head coach Gene Stephenson won his 1,800th career game on Feb. 28, 2013 at Arkansas-Little Rock. He became just the second Division I baseball coach to reach that milestone. Texas coach Augie Garrido is the only other coach to win 1,800 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 1,853
2. Gene Stephenson, WSU 36 1,803