vs.Wichita State (19-9, 5-1) vs. Southern Ilinois (15-14, 4-2) Listen | Live Stats | Game Notes | Tickets | Live Video
Date: April 9-11
First Pitch: 7, 2, 1 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium (7,851)
Radio: KNSS 1330 AM
Talent: Mike Kennedy (pbp) & Shane Dennis (color)
Series: WSU leads 86-29
Sun., April 11 - Emergency Services Day - All Emergency Personnel receive 2 free tickets
Probable Pitching Matchups:
April 9 — Jordan Cooper (RHP, 3-1, 2.18) vs. Ryan Bradley (LHP, 0-2, 6.03)
April 10 — Tim Kelley (RHP, 4-1, 4.84) vs. Nathan Forer (RHP, 1-1, 0.74)
April 11 — Josh Smith (LHP, 3-2, 4.08) vs. Randy Hoelscher (LHP, 1-2, 10.32)
• Jordan Cooper is 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA in three starts at Eck Stadium this season.
• Johnny Coy hit his first career grand slam on Wednesday against Rogers State. It is the third Shocker grand slam this season. WSU had just one last season.
• WSU is 8-2 in its last 10 games.
• In the last 10 games, Chris O’Brien is batting .393 with 10 RBI.
• Preston Springer is fifth nationally in sacrifice flies.
• Tyler Grimes is sixth nationally in hit by pitch per game and eighth in hit by pitch.
• The Shockers are 28th nationally in stolen bases per game.
• WSU is 29th nationally in double plays per game.
• Gene Stephenson won his 1,700th career game on Sun., April 4 at Evansville. He is just the second Division I baseball coach to reach that milestone.
• Tyler Grimes has been hit by a pitch 15 times this season which ties the school record for a season. He is also currently fourth in career hit by pitch with 24. He needs just three more to take over second place and 12 more to be the career leader.
• WSU is hitting .327 in 13 home games this season with a 2.82 ERA.
• The Shockers are hitting .253 in 13 road games this season with a 7.37 ERA.
• Senior Cody Lassley leads the Shockers with 10 multiple-hit games.
• Senior Ryan Jones leads the Shockers with 11 multiple-RBI games.
• The Shockers are 12-1 at home and 5-8 on the road.
• WSU is 7-6 in night games.
• The Shockers are 14-0 when scoring eight or more runs.
• WSU is 16-3 when scoring first.
• The Shockers are 5-1 against left-handed starters.
• WSU is 19-0 when leading after the seventh inning.
• WSU is 68th in the RPI according to Boyd’s World and 69th according to Warren Nolan.
• WSU has had at least one stolen base in 23 of 28 games this season.
• 13 different Shockers have hit a home run this season including Cody Lassley (6), Preston Springer (5), Clint McKeever (2), Travis Bennett (2), Kevin Hall (1), Erik Harbutz (2), Tyler Grimes (2), Ryan Jones (5), Bret Bascue (2), Chris O’Brien (1), Will Baez (1), Johnny Coy (3) and Nate Goro (2). Only nine different players hit a home run in 2009.
Scouting Southern Illinois
The Salukis are 15-14 overall and 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. They are coming off of a win at SEMO on Tuesday and have won their last six games. Wins this season have come against Jacksonville State twice, Purdue twice, Santa Clara, Northern Illinois twice, UT Martin twice, Eastern Illinois, Creighton, Bradley three times and SEMO. Losses have come against Arkansas State twice, Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee twice, Purdue, San Jose State twice, UC Davis, Santa Clara, Murray State, Northern Illinois and Creighton twice. SIU is led offensively by Blake Pinnon and Chris Serritella. Pinnon is batting .364 with eight doubles, six home runs and 33 RBI. Serritella is batting .360 with nine doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 33 RBI. As a team, the Salukis are batting .321 with a team ERA of 6.89. SIU is led by 16th-year head coach Dan Callahan.
Series History vs. SIU
Wichita State leads the overall series with Southern Illinois, 86-29. The Shockers also lead the series in Wichita, 47-16. WSU head coach Gene Stephenson is 51-13 against SIU head coach Dan Callahan. The Shockers have won eight of the last nine meetings overall.
Last Meeting vs. the Salukis
The last meeting between the two teams was May 22, 2008, in the MVC Tournament. The Shockers won the game 12-0 in seven innings. Ryan Jones, Conor Gillaspie and Tyler Weber each drove in two, while Rob Musgrave pitched a complete game with five strikeouts. The two teams did not meet in a regular-season series in 2009 due to an inland hurricane in Carbondale.