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Date: Feb. 18
First Pitch: 3 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium
Radio: KFH 1240 AM
Talent: Shane Dennis
Series: Tied 2-2
Probable Pitching Matchup
Feb. 18 — Sam Tewes (RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Brandon Schmidt (RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
• Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on KNSS 1330 AM. The game will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• The overall series with Central Arkansas is tied 2-2. WSU leads the series 2-1 in Wichita.
• The Shockers are 72-3 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• WSU is 139-37 all-time overall in the month of February.
• Junior Casey Gillaspie is on a six-game hitting streak
• Freshman pitcher Sam Tewes will be making his Shocker debut against the Bears.
• WSU is off to its first 3-0 start since 2011.
• The Shocks were picked first in the MVC Preseason Poll.
• Junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie, junior catcher Tyler Baker, senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff and senior relief pitcher Aaron LaBrie were named to the preseason all-Valley team.
• WSU set a school record with a .977 fielding percentage in 2013. The entire infield returns for 2014.
• The Shocks set the school record for fewest errors in a season with 61 in 2013.
• WSU returns eight starters and 20 letterwinners from the 2013 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns four starting pitchers including Cale Elam, A.J. Ladwig, Kris Gardner and Garrett Brummett.
• WSU has ranked in the top 25 in attendance since 1999.
• Head Coach Todd Butler is in his first season as coach of the Shockers.
• Butler is looking for his 100th career win as a head coach. He is currently 93-83 overall.
• Assistant Coach Brian Walker is the third base coach and Volunteer Assistant Coach Jon Coyne is the first base coach.
Scouting Central Arkansas
The Bears are 1-2 after dropping their season-opening series to Missouri State. In the series against MSU, they hit .255 with a 6.33 ERA.Justin Treece went 6-for-10 with two RBI in the series, while Nate Ferrell went 4-for-10 with four RBI. Right-hander Brandon Schmidt will be making his collegiate debut against the Shockers. The Bears are led by fourth-year head coach Allen Gum.
Series History vs. UCA
The series between the two teams is tied 2-2. WSU leads the series in Wichita 2-1.
Last Meeting vs. the Bears
The last meeting between the two teams was March 2, 2013, in Conway, Ark. The Bears won the game 6-3. Daniel Kihle, Casey Gillaspie, Micah Green and Johnny Coy each had two hits for the Shockers. Starter Cale Elam took the loss.
Off to a Strong Start
Wichita State began the Todd Butler era with three-straight wins over SIUE. The Shockers are now 34-3 in home openers since 1978 and 72-3 all-time at home in the month of February.
Pitching Staff Impressive
The Wichita State pitching staff got off to an impressive start. The staff allowed just two earned runs in 27 innings for a 0.67 ERA. In those 27 innings, the staff allowed just 17 hits with seven walks and 32 strikeouts.
Brummett Back at It
Sophomore pitcher Garrett Brummett picked up where he left off last season. As a starting pitcher in 2013, Brummett allowed just one run in his six starts. As a starter, he is now 5-0 with a 0.26 ERA in seven starts. He has pitched 35 innings and has allowed just two runs (one earned) on 27 hits with eight walks and 21 strikeouts.
20 runs/20 hits
Wichita State scored 21 runs on 24 hits on Sunday against SIUE. It was the first time the Shockers have scored 20 or more runs in a game since Feb. 25, 2012, when they scored 26 against North Dakota. It was the first time the Shockers had 20 or more hits since they had 20 against Evansville on April 15, 2012.
Nine newcomers made their Wichita State debut over the weekend against SIUE. Position players Chase Simpson, Zair Koeiman and Wes Phillips and pitchers Ray Ashford, Austin Gardner, Cody Tyler, Reagan Biechler, TJ Looney and Mitch McIntyre all played against the Cougars.
Looking for 100
Head Coach Todd Butler is getting closer to his 100th career win as a head coach. Butler is currently 93-83 in his career and needs just seven wins to reach 100.
Player of the Week - Garrett Bayliff
Senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff led the Shockers to a 3-0 weekend on the opening weekend of the season. He went 6-for-11 (.545) with six runs, seven RBI, one double, one home run, two walks and two hit by pitch. In the opener against SIUE, he went 1-for-3 with a run, three RBI, a double, a walk and a hit by pitch. In game two against the Cougars, he went 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, a hit by pitch and his first career home run. In the finale against SIUE, he went 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and a walk.
Pitcher of the Week Nominee - Ray Ashford
Junior pitcher Ray Ashford made his Shocker debut on Friday against SIUE and had a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a strikeout. On Saturday against the Cougars, he pitched 2.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts and earned his first save. He came into the game in the top of the seventh with the Shockers leading 5-3. The Cougars had the bases loaded with two outs, but Ashford struck out the batter to preserve the 5-3 lead.
Scholar-Athlete of the Week Nominee - Parker Zimmerman
Sophomore catcher Parker Zimmerman helped the Shockers to a 3-0 weekend with a sweep over SIUE. Zimmerman went 6-for-12 (.500) with three runs, three doubles, two RBI, a walk and a hit by pitch. He also had a perfect fielding percentage in 35 total chances behind the plate. He also threw out a runner trying to steal second. He caught every inning of all three games and helped guide the pitching staff to a 0.67 ERA on the weekend. The staff allowed just 17 hits in 27 innings pitched with seven walks and 32 strikeouts. In game one against SIUE, he went 1-for-4 with a run and in game two he went 1-for-3. In the finale against the Cougars, he went 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and three doubles. The four hits and three doubles were both career-highs. Zimmerman has a 3.862 GPA in exercise science.
WSU a Winner in Season Openers
Since 1978, the Shockers are now 27-10 in season openers. The last time WSU lost a season opener was in 2013, a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh.
WSU a Winner in Home Openers
Since 1978, the Shockers are now 34-3 in home openers. The three losses were to New Mexico, 11-13, in 1988 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, to Richmond, 10-11, in 2007 and 4-6 to Pittsburgh in 2013.
Hitting Streak Alive for Gillaspie
Casey Gillaspie came into the 2014 season on a three-game hitting streak. He had a hit in all three games of the SIUE series to increase the streak to six games.
Shocks Picked First in the Valley
The Shockers were first in the Valley preseason poll done by the league’s coaches. WSU totaled 56 points and six first-place votes. Missouri State was picked second with two first-place votes and 55 points.
Four Shockers Named to Preseason All-Valley Team
Junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie, junior catcher Tyler Baker, senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff and senior relief pitcher Aaron LaBrie were named to the preseason all-Valley team. Baker earned first team honors as the utility player in 2013, while Gillaspie and Bayliff earned second team honors and LaBrie was honorable mention.
Father and Son
Rich and Mitch McIntyre became the fourth father and son duo to play for the Shockers since 1978. The others were Stan and Taylor Brown , Charlie and Chris O’Brien and Greg and Garrett Brummett.
Kris and Austin Gardner became the 11th set of brothers to play baseball at Wichita State since 1978. The other 10 include Travis and Dalton Banwart, Chris and Greg Bauer, Jeff, Jaime and Marc Bluma, Joe and Fred Carter, Todd and Darren Dreifort, Mike and Greg Drumright, Conor and Casey Gillaspie, Koyie and Tyler Hill, Tim and Dan Raley and Eric and Ryan Wedge.
Shocks to Play 30 Home Games
WSU will play 30 home games in 2014 including 2013 NCAA Tournament participants Central Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. The Shockers also host SIU Edwardsville, Long Beach State, Stephen F. Austin, Missouri State, Nebraska, Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois, Kansas, Bradley and Dallas Baptist.
Newcomers Look to Make Impact
WSU welcomes 14 newcomers to the 2014 team including juniors Zair Koeiman, Brandon Kimbrel, TJ Looney, Ray Ashford and Chase Simpson, sophomore Jerrik Sigg and freshmen Sam Tewes, Reagan Biechler, Mitch McIntyre, Austin Gardner, Austin Bright, Wes Phillips, Cody Tyler and Michael Burns.
WSU Baseball on Facebook & Twitter
Become a fan of Wichita State Baseball on Facebook. Check out pictures from 1978-2014 along with videos. Also follow the Shockers on Twitter @ShockerBaseball for in game updates.
The Todd Butler Show
The Todd Butler radio show airs on 1330 KNSS from 8-9 p.m. on Monday’s. It is hosted by Mike Kennedy and started on Feb. 17.
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 starts on Feb. 22.
2013 Season Review
In 2013, the Shockers finished 39-28 overall and 15-6 in the Valley. WSU won its 18th MVC Tournament title to advance to the 28th NCAA Tournament in school history. Brandon Peterson was named Valley Newcomer-of-the-Year. Tyler Baker and Peterson earned first team all-Valley honors, while Cale Elam, Casey Gillaspie and Garrett Bayliff were named to the second team. Erik Harbutz, Albert Minnis and Aaron LaBrie were named honorable mention, while Gillaspie and Bayliff were named to the All-Defensive Team. Garrett Brummett earned Freshman All-America honors.