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Date: April 10-11
First Pitch: 6, 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Lawrence, Kan. & Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Hoglund Ballpark & Eck Stadium
TV (Tuesday): Kansas 22
Talent: Bruce Haertl & Shane Dennis
Radio: KNSS 1330 AM
Talent: Mike Kennedy & Shane Dennis
Series: WSU leads 42-26
Probable Pitching Matchups
April 10 — Kris Gardner (LHP, 3-1, 3.38) vs. Robert Kahana (RHP, 2-1, 2.78)
April 11 — Tobin Mateychick (RHP, 2-0, 6.35) vs. Drew Morovick (RHP, 2-1, 6.35)
• Tuesday’s game will be televised on Kansas 22.
• Both games against Kansas will be broadcast on 1330 KNSS AM and on www.shockerradio.com.
• Wichita State leads the series with Kansas 42-26.
• The Shockers lead the series in Lawrence 19-13 and in Wichita 22-13.
• WSU is 5-5 in its last 10 games.
• The Shockers are 4-5 on the road this season and 15-8 at home.
• Kris Gardner is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two road starts this season.
• Johnny Coy is hitting .375 with two RBI in nine road games this season.
• Casey Gillaspie is hitting .346 with five RBI in eight road games this season.
• Johnny Coy is hitting .390 with five doubles, one triple, four home runs and 29 RBI in 21 games in the clean up spot.
• The Shocks are 10-3 in errorless games this season and 9-12 when they commit at least one error in a game.
• In the last 10 games, WSU is batting .270 as a team with a 4.81 ERA and a .971 fielding percentage.
• In the last 10 games, Casey Gillaspie is hitting .389 with seven runs, two doubles, one triple, three home runs and 10 RBI.
• The Shockers have 18 stolen bases in the last 10 games.
• The Shocker bullpen has a 3.43 ERA in 136.1 innings this season.
• Cale Elam had his streak of 28.0 consecutive scoreless innings snapped on March 25. It dated back to May 10, 2011.
• WSU already has 13 errorless games in 2012. The Shockers only had 15 total in 2011.
• WSU had its school record streak of six-straight errorless games snapped on March 13.
• Gene Stephenson has used a different lineup in 29 of the 34 games this season. The only times he used the same one was game four against North Dakota and game one at Hawaii and game three against Purdue and games one and three against Illinois State.
• Johnny Coy is the only Shocker to start every game this season.
• Coy leads WSU with 12 multiple-hit games and seven multiple-RBI games.
• WSU is 12-3 this season when scoring first.
• WSU is 24th nationally in average attendance.
• Coy’s nine RBI in game four of the North Dakota series was one shy of the school record. Drew Moffitt had 10 against Missouri State on May 28, 2004.
• The 26 runs scored on Feb. 25 is the fifth-most scored in an NCAA Division I game this season. The 26-run win is the third largest margin of victory as well.
• The 26 runs scored against North Dakota on Feb. 25 were the most since the 2002 team scored 31 against Howard on April 27, 2002.
• The Shockers are 69-0 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• Mikel Mucha and Taylor Doggett both collected hits in their first collegiate at bats.
• Casey Gillaspie became the first freshman to hit third on opening day since Dave Howard in 1978.
• Tyler Baker became the first freshman to start at catcher on opening day since Eric Wedge in 1987.
• The Shocks were picked third in the MVC Preseason Poll.
• WSU returns six starters and 19 letterwinners from the 2011 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns three starting pitchers including Josh Smith, Albert Minnis and Tobin Mateychick.
Kansas is currently 12-19 overall and is coming off of a sweep by Oklahoma State over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Middle Tennessee State, Bowling Green, Belmont, Mississippi Valley State twice, North Dakota, Stony Brook, Minnesota, Houston Baptist, Southern Utah, and Texas Tech twice. Losses have come against Mississippi State twice, UTSA, Louisiana-Lafayette, Gonzaga, North Dakota, Stony Brook, Indiana State, Notre Dame, Houston Baptist, Baylor three times, Missouri State, Texas Tech, Creighton and Oklahoma State three times. As a team, the Jayhawks are hitting .254 with a team ERA of 4.43. KU is led offensively by Zac Elgie who is hitting .271 with nine doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI. The Jayhawks are led by 10th-year head coach Ritch Price.
Series History vs. the Jayhawks
Wichita State leads the overall series with Kansas, 42-26. The Shockers also lead the series 41-20 under head coach Gene Stephenson. WSU is 19-13 overall in Lawrence and 18-11 under Stephenson. WSU is 22-13 in Wichita all-time and 22-9 under Stephenson. The Shockers are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings with the Jayhawks, but KU has won four of the last five.
Last Meeting vs. KU
The last meeting between the two teams was May 3-4, 2011. KU won the first game in Lawrence 7-4 and also won game two in Wichita 11-2. Tyler Coughenour and Micah Green each went 3-for-7 with an RBI in the two games. Zach Beringer and Albert Minnis each took a loss.
Elam Busy Against Redbirds
Shocker reliever Cale Elam earned a decision in all three games at Illinois State over the weekend. In Friday’s game, he earned his seventh save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. In Saturday’s game, he gave up one unearned run to take the loss and in the finale on Sunday, he pitched two shutout innings with three strikeouts to earn his second win of the season.
Bullpen Comes Through
The Shocker bullpen came through at Illinois State over the weekend. The bullpen pitched 18 innings in the three-game series and compiled a 2.50 ERA. Sophomore lefty Aaron LaBrie tossed 3.1 shutout innings in Saturday’s game and freshman lefty Kyle Bouman pitched a career-best four innings in Sunday’s game and allowed just one run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Wichita State is fourth in the Valley in batting average, fourth in ERA and fifth in fielding percentage. Johnny Coy is 10th in batting average, second in RBI, fourth in home runs and third in total bases. Kevin Hall is third in stolen bases, Taylor Doggett is fourth in stolen bases and Don Lambert is 15th in batting average. Josh Smith is fifth in ERA and fifth in strikeouts and Mitch Mormann is 14th in ERA.