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Shockers Host Jayhawks In Wichita

WICHITA – For the second time in as many weeks, Wichita State and Kansas will meet on the diamond when the two Sunflower State schools take the field Wednesday night at Eck Stadium for a 6 p.m. start.

Quick Hits

• Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on KNSS 1330 AM and on goshockers.com with Mike Kennedy and Shane Dennis calling the action. The game will also be televised on ESPN3.
• Wichita State leads the overall series with Kansas, 43-34. The Shockers also lead the series in Wichita, 23-16.
• WSU is 148th in the April 18 NCAA RPI, while Kansas is 87th. The Shockers are 1-9 against the top-50 and 2-14 against the top-100.
• WSU turned a triple play against Valpo on April 2. It was the first one since 2002.
Willie Schwanke had his first at bat of the season on April 5 against Oklahoma State and his first hit since March 10, 2015.
• WSU is 14-6 this season at home.
• In those 20 home games, WSU is hitting .277 with a 2.93 ERA and .976 fielding percentage.
• At home this season, Jordan Boyer is hitting .353, Greyson Jenista is hitting .333, Trey Vickers is hitting .316, Alex Jackson is hitting .304, Alec Bohm is hitting .270 and Dayton Dugas is hitting .259.
• WSU is 5-5 in the last 10 games.
• In those 10 games, WSU is hitting .310 with a 4.87 ERA and .964 fielding percentage.
• In the last 10 games, Noah Croft is hitting .462, Greyson Jenista is hitting .395, Alex Jackson is hitting .357, Alec Bohm is hitting .350, Trey Vickers is hitting .325, Jordan Boyer is hitting .276 and Travis Young is hitting .273.
• The Shockers are just one of eight teams (Alabama, George Washington, College of Charleston, UNC Asheville, Cincinnati, St. John’s, Boston College) to turn a triple play this season.
• WSU collected a season-high 16 strikeouts on March 22 against Sacramento State. It was the most by the pitching staff since 2009.
• WSU collected back-to-back shutouts on Feb. 25 of Grand Canyon. The last time WSU had two-straight was in 2013.
• WSU had a scoreless innings streak of 24.1 from Feb. 19-26. The streak ranks as the eighth longest in WSU history.
• Senior pitcher Reagan Biechler needs 15 more appearance to move into a tie for fifth in the Shocker record book for career appearances.
• WSU collected back-to-back shutouts on Feb. 25 of Grand Canyon. The last time WSU had two-straight was in 2013.
• WSU had a scoreless innings streak of 24.1 from Feb. 19-26. The streak ranks as the eighth longest in WSU history.
• Four Shockers have double-digit errorless streaks including Travis Young at 67, Gunnar Troutwine at 25, Alex Jackson at 25, and Jacob Katzfey at 14.
• WSU struck out seven-straight batters in the season opener against Utah Valley. It was the first time with six or more consecutive strikeouts since 2010.
• WSU plays 24 games in 2017 against teams that were in the top-100 in the RPI in 2016. Fifteen of those are games against teams in the top-50.
• WSU is 657-276 overall in the month of April.
• Since 1978, the Shockers are 14-14 on April 19.
• The Shocks were picked tied for fourth in the MVC Preseason Poll.
• Sophomore designated hitter Alec Bohm and sophomore utility player Luke Ritter were named to the preseason all-Valley team.
• In 2016, Greyson Jenista was the first freshman to lead the Shockers in hitting since Pat Magness in 1997 and was just the fifth freshman overall.
• The Shockers welcome 13 newcomers in 2017.
• WSU returns seven starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2016 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns four starters including Willie Schwanke, Cody Tyler, Zach Lewis and Connor Lungwitz.
• Last season, Travis Young tied the freshman record for sacrifice hits in a season with seven and it was also the 12th most in the single season record books.
• Last season, Gunnar Troutwine had the fifth most assists by a catcher with 59.
• Head Coach Todd Butler is in his fourth season as coach of the Shockers.
• Assistant Coach Brian Walker is the third base coach and Volunteer Assistant Coach Codey McElroy is the first base coach.

Scouting Kansas
The Jayhawks are 17-18 overall and are coming off a series win vs. Oklahoma State over the weekend. Wins this season have come against The Citadel, Omaha twice, Northwestern State twice, Houston Baptist twice, Oral Roberts, No. 3 TCU, Samford, Texas twice, Missouri State, West Virginia, Wichita State and Oklahoma State twice. Losses have come against Liberty, No. 16 Virginia, No. 23 Stanford three times, Oral Roberts, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist, No. 3 TCU twice, Creighton, Samford twice, Minnesota, Texas, West Virginia twice and Oklahoma State. As a team, KU is hitting .240 with a 4.12 ERA and a .963 fielding percentage. They are led offensively by Matt McLaughlin who is hitting .325 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 21 RBI. The Jayhawks are led by head coach Ritch Price.Series History vs. the Jayhawks
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Jayhawks 43-34. WSU also leads the series in Wichita, 23-16.Last Meeting vs. KU
The last meeting between the two teams was April 11, 2017, in Lawrence. The Jayhawks won the game 8-6. Trey Vickers went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a home run, while Alex Jackson wet 2-for-4 with a double. Reliever Codi Heuer took the loss.Back-to-Back
Wichita State hit back-to-back home runs in Saturday’s game at Bradley. It was the first time the Shockers went back-to-back since April 17, 2015 at Bradley when Ryan Tinkham and Sam Hilliard did it. This time around, it was Dayton Dugas and Noah Croft.Croft’s Big Day
Redshirt freshman catcher Noah Croft hit the first home run of his career in the second inning at Bradley on Saturday. He finished the game with another home run in the seventh inning, a three-run shot that tied the game. He ended up going 3-for-4 in the game with a career-high five RBI and a double.

Bats Stay Hot
The Shocker bats continued to stay hot in four games last week. Wichita State hit .313 as a team in the four games and had 14 doubles, two triples and seven home runs. Noah Croft hit .533, while Alec Bohm hit .412, Greyson Jenista .375, Alex Jackson .353 and Trey Vickers and Luke Ritter each hit .313.

Triple Play
In the ninth inning of the April 2 game against Valparaiso with runners on first and second, the Shockers turned a 5-6-3 triple play to keep the game tied. It was the first triple play turned by the Shockers since April 16, 2002 against Kansas.

Walk-Offs for Young
Sophomore outfielder Travis Young collected the first walk-off hit of the season for the Shockers in the March 31 4-3 win over Valparaiso. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he singled to left field to drive in Alex Jackson for the game-winning run. He followed that up with another walk-off on April 2 in another 4-3 win. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, he singled to right field to drive in Noah Croft for the game-winning run. They were the first two walk-off hits of his career.

Lewis Sets Career-High
Senior pitcher Zach Lewis put together a career performance on March 25 against No. 3 Texas Tech. He tied his career-best with seven innings pitched and struck out a career-high 10 in the game.

Season-High K’s
The Shocker pitching staff collected a seasonhigh 16 strikeouts on March 22 against Sacramento State. It was the most strikeouts by the WSU pitching staff since March 18, 2009 when the Shockers struck out 16 against ArkansasPine Bluff. Boyer’s Grand Slam Sophomore infielder Jordan Boyer hit his first career home run on March 15 against Northern Colorado. The home run was a grand slam, which was the Shockers first of the season.

Boyer’s Grand Slam
Sophomore infielder Jordan Boyer hit his first career home run on March 15 against Northern Colorado. The home run was a grand slam, which was the Shockers first of the season.

Legends Weekend Scheduled for April 28-29
The Wichita State baseball program will be hosting Legends Weekend April 28-29 vs. Illinois State.

All Shocker Baseball alumni will be celebrated, honored and recognized at the first Legends Weekend.

On Friday, April 28, all alumni that are present will be introduced on the field before the game.

On Saturday, April 29, there will be a College World Series pennant giveaway to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. Fans will also be able to take their photo for the first time with the 1989 National Championship trophy. There will also be postgame autographs on Saturday with all Shocker legends and alumni in attendance.

Memorable Shocker Baseball moments will be highlighted on the video board all weekend long.

Home Winning Streak
Wichita State has won 10-straight home games, dating back to last season. It is the longest home winning streak since 2015 when WSU won 10-straight from April 24-May 20. The Shockers current streak is tied for the sixthlongest in the nation.

Win in Norman
Wichita State collected a 4-2 win at No. 13 Oklahoma on March 7. It was the Shockers first win over a ranked team this season and snapped the Sooners nation-leading 12-game winning streak. It was just the third time in school history that the Shockers defeated Oklahoma in Norman. The other two times were 1992 and 2006.

Combined Shutout
Wichita State collected its third shutout of the year on March 1 against Omaha. The Shockers used 10 pitchers to combine on the three-hit shutout. The 10 pitchers who combined on the shutout were juniors Chandler Sanburn, Tyler Jones and Adam Keller, sophomores Codi Heuer, Matt Whalen, Connor Lungwitz and Robby Evans and freshmen Keylan Killgore, Tommy Barnhouse and Preston Snavely.

K’s for Days
The Shockers pitching staff collected 15 strikeouts in the 4-0 win over Grand Canyon on Feb. 25. It was the first time the Shockers had 15 or more strikeouts in a game since March 12, 2013 against North Dakota.

Back-to-Back Shutouts
On Feb. 25, the Shockers had back-to-back shutouts of Grand Canyon by scores of 1-0 and 4-0. It was the first time the Shockers had back-to-back shutouts since 2013 when they beat Southern Illinois (15-0) and Indiana State (5-0) in the MVC Tournament. The 1-0 win in game one against GCU was the first 1-0 win for the Shockers since beating Bradley 1-0 in 10 innings on May 12, 2012.

Undefeated Start
Wichita State is off to a 7-0 start this season after three-game sweeps of Utah Valley and Grand Canyon and a win over Omaha. It is the best start by a Shocker team since 2011 when they also started 7-0.

Sweeps
The Shockers collected back-to-back three-game sweeps over Utah Valley and Grand Canyon. It is the first time the Shockers have done that since sweeping Niagara and North Dakota in February of 2011.

Bombs for Bohm
Sophomore third baseman Alec Bohm collected his first multi-home run game of his career in the 5-3 win over Grand Canyon on Feb. 26. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs and two home runs. It is the first multi-home run game by a Shocker since Ryan Tinkham hit two against Kansas State on  April 14, 2015.

Seven-Straight K’s
In the season opener against Utah Valley on Feb. 17, the Shocker bullpen struck out seven-straight batters. Landon Holifield struck out the first three, Ben Hecht struck out the next three and Reagan Biechler struck out the seventh. It was the first time the Shocker pitching staff struck out six or more consecutive batters since May 14, 2010 when they struck out six-straight against Missouri State.

Newcomers Make Debut
Nine Shocker newcomers made their debut against Utah Valley. Position players Noah Croft, Sam Goodwin, Jacob Katzfey and Bryant Klusener along with pitchers Adam Keller, Landon Holifield, Ben Hecht, Tommy Barnhouse and Preston Snavely all played for the Shockers in the season opening three-game sweep of Utah Valley. Freshman infielder Alex Jackson made his debut the following weekend against Grand Canyon and redshirt sophomore pitcher Matt Whalen and redshirt freshman pitcher Keylan Killgore made their debut against Omaha.

 


 

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