WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State (15-20, 6-5) travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a pivotal three-game conference series with Northern Iowa (14-21, 4-6), beginning with a Saturday doubleheader at 12 p.m.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME?
UNI swept last season’s series in Wichita winning by scores of 8-6, 6-5, and 4-2. The Shockers held the lead after six innings in the 6-8 series-opening defeat and the teams were tied entering the seventh inning in the 6-5 UNI victory in game two.
DISSECTING THE PANTHERS
UNI enters the series having lost five of their last six games. The Panthers were swept by Creighton and followed that up with a 2-1 series loss to Evansville. Reigning MVC Pitcher of the Year Jamie Fisher leads the Panther pitching staff with a 2.25 ERA and 11-11 record, The junior has lowered her ERA to 1.58 in conference games.
TROUBLE AT THE DISH
Despite the pitching efforts of Fisher, the Panthers have struggled to produce at the plate scoring 28 runs in 10 MVC games.
CLIMBING THE LADDER
Wichita State’s 6-5 start in MVC play is its best 11-game start in conference play since beginning the 2008 season 7-4. The Shockers finished the ‘08 season 13-13.
MAKING IT COUNT
Brianne Bond has now totaled eight multi-RBI games including three separate three-RBI games. Her 10 RBI’s in MVC play are double the total of the next closest Shocker hitter.
ALL AROUND TALENT
Sophomore catcher Melanie Jaegers has displayed a wide range of skills this season. Jaegers leads Wichita State with a .278 batting average, .369 on-base percentage, and 13 stolen bases. The dual-threat catcher has also thrown out 12 base stealers and recorded six pickoffs from behind the plate.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Wichita State has matched its win total (15) from all of 2012 and the Shockers are only one conference win shy of matching their 2012 MVC total of seven. Additionally, the Shockers have already doubled the amount of home wins from 2012.
Wichita State leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 54 doubles. The 54 doubles account for 25-percent of the Shockers 213 hits this season. The next highest doubles percentage in The Valley is Southern Illinois at 20-percent (53/262).
NO PAIN, NO GAIN
After being hit by four pitches this season bring her career total to 24, junior Erin Carney is now only one shy of tying the career mark of 25 set by Julie Darling from 2003-2006.
As a team the Shockers rank 26th in doubles per game with 1.54 per contest. Ali Vandever ranks 68th in the country in doubles per game at 0.29 per game. Sloan Anderson ranks 16th in walks allowed per seven innings at 1.1 and is tied for 45th nationally with four complete game shutouts.