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Probable Pitching Matchups
May 21 — Cale Elam (RHP, 6-3, 2.40) vs. Cody Forsythe (LHP, 3-5, 3.23)
May 22 — A.J. Ladwig (RHP, 4-5, 4.73) vs. TBA
• Tuesday’s game will be on KFH 1240 AM. It will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• Wichita State leads the overall series with Southern Illinois, 94-34.
• Garrett Bayliff is this week’s MVC Player of the Week.
• Casey Gillaspie is third nationally in walks.
• WSU is 45th nationally in fielding percentage, 18th in hits, 24th in walks allowed per nine innings and 37th in walks.
• WSU is making its 36th-straight MVC Tournament appearance. WSU has 17 titles and is 95-43-1 in tourney play.
• WSU is 6-4 in its last 10 games. In the last 10, WSU is hitting .299 with a 2.97 ERA and a .972 fielding percentage.
• Garrett Bayliff is 21-for-41 (.512) in the last 10 games, while Erik Harbutz is 10-for-34 (.294).
• In the last 10 games, Albert Minnis has struck out 11 in seven innings of work. He has a 1.29 ERA in that span in three appearances.
• In the last 10 games, Brandon Peterson has made five appearances and is 1-0 with three saves. He has pitched 6.1 innings and allowed no runs with six strikeouts.
• The Shocker bullpen has an ERA of 2.71 and 16 of the Shockers 34 wins.
• WSU is 29-0 when leading after eight innings.
• WSU is 27-5 when out-hitting opponents.
• WSU is 24-7 when scoring first.
• In 25 games away from Eck Stadium this season, the Shockers are 14-11.
• In those 25 games, Tyler Baker is hitting 34-88 (.386), while Micah Green is 26-for-76 (.342) and Casey Gillaspie is 29-for-88 (.330).
• Away from Eck Stadium this season, Cale Elam has a 1.96 ERA in seven starts, while Brandon Peterson is 1-1 with six saves and a 0.84 ERA.
• TJ McGreevy has allowed just one of 14 inherited runners to score this season, while Brandon Peterson has allowed just two of 16.
• Tyler Baker has reached base in 15-straight games.
• Garrett Bayliff is on an eight-game hitting streak, while Tanner Dearman is on a career-best five-game hitting streak.
• Tanner Dearman is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with runners in scoring position.
• Garrett Bayliff leads the Shockers with 19 two-out RBI.
• The pitching staff has two one-hitters in 2013. It is the most in a season since the 2005 staff had two.
• Gene Stephenson has used the same lineup just four times this season. He used the same one for Nebraska-Omaha and game one against UTPA. He also used the same one for game two against North Dakota and game two against Long Beach State. He used the same one in game two against Air Force and in games one and two against Illinois State. He also used the same one in game two against Arizona State, game one against Indiana State and game one against Kansas State.
• Garrett Bayliff leads the Shocks with 23 multiple-hit games, while Tyler Baker leads the team with 12 multiple-RBI games.
• Head Coach Gene Stephenson won his 1,800th career game on Feb. 28 at Arkansas-Little Rock.
• Johnny Coy is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
• 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.
• WSU has ranked in the top 20 in attendance since 1999.
Series History vs. Tourney Field
vs. No. 1 Illinois State
92-21 overall & 9-3 in MVC Tourney
vs. No. 3 Creighton
113-47-1 overall & 14-8-1 in MVC Tourney
vs. No. 4 Missouri State
62-35 overall & 11-6 in MVC Tourney
vs. No. 5 Evansville
51-25 overall & 7-4 in MVC Tourney
vs. No. 6 Indiana State
95-41 overall & 20-8 in MVC Tourney
vs. No. 7 Southern Illinois
94-34 overall & 20-8 in MVC Tourney
vs. No. 8 Bradley
93-24 overall & 10-3 in MVC Tourney
Peterson Named Newcomer of the Year
Junior relief pitcher Brandon Peterson has been named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year. Peterson, a junior from Savage, Minn., is 3-1 this season with nine saves and a 1.24 ERA. He is the second Shocker to win the award joining Preston Springer who won it in 2010.
Eight Shockers Named All-Valley
Eight Wichita State baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2013 All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Team, as voted on by the league coaches.
Sophomore utility player Tyler Baker and junior relief pitcher Brandon Peterson were named to the first team, while junior starting pitcher Cale Elam, sophomore first baseman Casey Gillaspie, and junior outfielder Garrett Bayliff were named to the second team.
Junior shortstop Erik Harbutz, junior relief pitcher Albert Minnis and junior relief pitcher Aaron LaBrie were all named to the honorable mention team, while Gillaspie and Bayliff were also named to the All-Defensive Team.
MVC Tourney History
Wichita State will be making its 36th-straight appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Shockers have won 17 tournament titles and own a tournament record of 95-43-1. WSU last won the tournament championship in 2009.
Shockers vs. Salukis
Wichita State is the No. 2 seed in the MVC Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Southern Illinois in the first round. The Shockers are 20-8 all-time against the Salukis in the MVC Tournament. It is the second-straight year that WSU has faced SIU in the first round of the tournament.
Bayliff Named MVC Player of the Week
Wichita State baseball student-athlete Garrett Bayliff has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Week for the week of May 13-19.
Bayliff led the Shockers to a 3-1 week and went 11-for-15 (.733) with four RBI, a walk and three stolen bases. He had multiple hits in all four games.
Against No. 16 Oklahoma State, he went 3-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. In game one against Northwestern, he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a stolen base. The four hits was a career-high for him. In game two against the Wildcats, he went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and in game three, he went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. He is now hitting a team-best .381 going into the MVC Tournament.