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Date: April 11-13
First Pitch: 6, 2, 1 p.m. CST
Location: Evansville, Ind.
Stadium: Braun Stadium
Radio: KNSS 1330 AM
Talent: Mike Kennedy & Shane Dennis
Series: WSU leads 51-25
Probable Pitching Matchups
April 11 — A.J. Ladwig (RHP, 2-4, 1.15) vs. Kyle Freeland (LHP, 5-1, 2.02)
April 12 — Cale Elam (RHP, 5-0, 1.50) vs. Cole Isom (LHP, 2-3, 4.04)
April 13 — Sam Tewes (RHP, 4-2, 3.35) vs. Connor Strain (RHP, 2-2, 2.93)
• All five games this week will be on KNSS 1330 AM. They will also be on www.shockerradio.com.
• WSU leads the overall series with Evansville 51-25.
• The Shockers are 5-9 on the road this season.
• The Shockers are 15-1 when leading after seven innings and 14-0 when leading after eight innings.
• Nine of the Shockers 16 losses are by one run.
• Casey Gillaspie is on a 18-game hitting streak and has reached base in all 32 games this season.
• Junior Casey Gillaspie leads the Shockers with 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games.
• In 14 road games, the Shockers are hitting .274 with a 3.84 ERA.
• On the road, Casey Gillaspie is hitting .375, Dayne Parker is hitting .326 and Tyler Baker is hitting .293.
• WSU is 2-8 in its last 10 games. In those games, the Shocks are hitting .250 with a 4.39 ERA and a .992 fielding percentage.
• In the last 10 games, Casey Gillaspie is hitting .395, Micah Green is hitting .294 and Tanner Kirk is hitting .276.
• The weekend rotation of A.J. Ladwig, Cale Elam and Sam Tewes has combined to go 11-6 with a 1.89 ERA in 143 innings. The trio ranks sixth nationally in ERA for a weekend rotation.
• Head Coach Todd Butler has used the same lineup just five times in 2014.
• Senior outfielder Garrett Bayliff is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
• 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 earned his 100th career win as a head coach on March 11 at Oklahma State. He is currently 106-99 overall.
• Assistant Coach Brian Walker is the third base coach and Volunteer Assistant Coach Jon Coyne is the first base coach.
Evansville is 20-11 overall and 2-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wins this season have come against Lipscomb three times, Vanderbilt, Western Illinois twice, Northwestern, Maine, Tennessee-Martin twice, Indiana State twice, Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky twice, SIUE, Charlotte three times and Oakland City. Losses this season have come against Mercer three times, Western Illinois, Bowling Green State, North Dakota State, Indiana State, Ausitn Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Belmont and Charlotte. As a team, the Purple Aces are hitting .281 with a team ERA of 3.88. They are led offensively by Josh Jyawook who is hitting .344 with seven doubles and 26 RBI. UE is led by sixth-year head coach Wes Carroll.
Series History vs. the Purple Aces
Wichita State leads the overall series with Evansville 51-25. WSU also leads the series in Evansville 22-10. The Shockers are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings overall with UE. WSU last won a series in Evansville in 2010.
Last Meeting vs. UE
The last meeting between the two teams was a three-game series in Wichita April 19-21, 2013. The Shockers won games one and three by scores of 5-4 and 6-5 and Evansville won game two 6-3. Garrett Bayliff went 6-for-11 in the series, while Tyler Baker went 6-for-12. Cale Elam and Brandon Peterson each earned a win, while A.J. Ladwig took the loss.
Shocks in the NCAA Stats
Wichita State is ranked in the top-50 in several statistical categories in the sixth NCAA stats release of the season. The Shockers are 31st in ERA, 48th in home runs, 45th in shutouts, 42nd in slugging percentage, 20th in walks allowed per nine innings and 32nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Individually, Casey Gillaspie is 34th in walks, 36th in walks per game, 19th in batting average, 39th in hits, 10th in home runs, 18th in home runs per game, 12th in on base percentage, 37th in RBI, 44th in RBI per game, eighth in slugging percentage and 13th in total bases. Tanner Dearman is 30th in stolen bases and 39th in stolen bases per game. Micah Green is 14th in sacrifice flies. A.J. Ladwig is 21st in games started, 29th in strikeout-to-walk ratio, 26th in walks allowed per nine innings, and 32nd in ERA and Sam Tewes is 21st in games started. Cale Elam is 22nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio, 38th in walks allowed per nine innings and 48th in victories.
Gillaspie’s Hitting Streak
Junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie had a hit last night to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games. During the streak, he is 27-for-71 (.380) with 11 runs, three doubles, six home runs, 16 RBI, nine walks and three stolen bases.
Gillaspie Homers From Both Sides
On Sunday at Indiana State, Casey Gillaspie homered two times. In the fourth inning, he homered to right field as a left-handed hitter and in the sixth inning he homered to right-center as a right-handed hitter. He became the first Shocker to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game since Tim Hayes did it at Indiana State on April 25, 1998.
Ladwig Continues His Quality Start Streak
Junior pitcher A.J. Ladwig continued his streak of quality starts in 2014. He is now eight-for-eight after throwing his first complete game of the season on April 5 at Indiana State and allowing just one earned run. He is one of just five pitchers nationally to be 8-for-8 in quality starts this season. On the season, he is 2-4 with a 1.15 ERA. In his starts, the Shocker offense is averaging just 2.5 runs per game.
With two wins over No. 9 Cal State Fullerton on March 29-30, the Shockers won their first games at Eck Stadium over a top-10 team since beating No. 8 Oklahoma in 2006. It was the first three-game series win over a ranked opponent since taking two of three from No. 11 Pepperdine in 2009.
The weekend rotation of A.J. Ladwig, Cale Elam, and Sam Tewes continues to be impressive for the Shockers. The trio is 11-6 with a 1.89 ERA. In 143 innings pitched, the rotation has 28 walks and 104 strikeouts. The trio’s ERA of 1.89 ranks sixth nationally among weekend rotations.
Tough Road Trip
The Shockers started a nine-game road trip on April 1 in Lawrence, Kan. Wichita State then traveled to Indiana State for three-games over the weekend. The next stop is to Kansas State and Oral Roberts for single games this week and a three-game series at Evansville, April 11-13.
Player of the Week Nominee - Casey Gillaspie
In four games last week, junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie went 6-for-14 (.429) with four runs, three home runs, three RBI, three walks and two stolen bases. He had a hit in all four games to extend his career-best hitting streak to 16 games. On Tuesday at Kansas, he went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk and in game one at Indiana State he went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. In game two against the Sycamores, he went 1-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a home run and in the finale he went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI, two home runs, two intentional walks and a stolen base. On Sunday against Indiana State, he homered from both sides of the plate to become the first Shocker to do that in the same game since Tim Hayes on April 25, 1998 at Indiana State.