Wichita State Drops KU, 4-0
April 6, 2006
WICHITA, Kan. –
Wichita State defeated Kansas, 4-0, Wednesday night at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan. With the loss, KU drops to 20-12 on the season while WSU improves to 23-9.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Shocker freshman Conor Gillaspie had three of WSU’s six hits, hit two homers and drove in all four runs. WSU used three pitchers to hold the Jayhawks to five hits during the game.
KU’s starting pitcher Brendan McNamara was tagged for his first loss of the season. The junior pitched 4.0 innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits – both Gillaspie home runs.
After Tyler Hill was hit by a McNamara pitch to open the second inning Gillaspie stepped to the plate and notched his first home run of the game, a two-run shot to left field. Gillaspie then gave WSU a 3-0 lead with a solo homer to centerfield in the fourth.
Kansas brought the tying run to the plate with no outs in the sixth inning. Freshman Buck Afenir’s infield pop up fell between two Shocker infielders to lead off the inning. Senior Matt Baty singled to put runner on first and second base.
Noah Booth replaced Shocker relief pitcher Khol Nanney and got senior Ritchie Price to pop up his bunt attempt to first baseman Derek Schermerhorn. Schermerhorn turned and fired to second to get the double play. The threat ended when senior Jared Schweitzer flew out to center.
Two singles in the sixth inning platted the Shockers fourth run of the game. Sophomore Kris Johnson (4-0) picked up the victory for Wichita State, pitching a predetermined four innings.
Freshman Nick Czyz (1.1 IP), junior Ryotaro Hayakawa (0.2 IP), freshman Andy Marks (1.0 IP) and sophomore Matt Lane (1.0 IP) all saw action on the hill for the Jayhawks.
Kansas will return to Lawrence for a Big 12 series against Texas Tech beginning on Friday, March 7. First pitch of the three game series is set for 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.
Game Notes: Senior Matt Baty returned to the lineup and hit leadoff for KU, the Wichita, Kan., native missed 18 games with a lacerated spleen and kidney sustained in an outfield collision with teammate Kyle Murphy against Lipscomb on Feb. 25 … Baty recorded a hit and stole a base in four at-bats … Ritch Price is now 5-5 against Wichita State and 2-3 at Eck Stadium … Freshman Preston Land extended his hitting streak to nine games … John Allman’s five-game hitting streak came to an end … Sophomore Matt Lane made his second pitching appearance of the season.