Shockers To Square Off With KU

WICHITA – Wichita State continues its Big 12 tour with a stop in Lawrence Tuesday night to face Kansas at 6 p.m. CT at Hoglund Ballpark.
Quick Hits

• Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on KNSS 1330 AM and on 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, 43-33. The Shockers also lead the series in Lawrence, 19-17.
• WSU is 128th in the April 10 NCAA RPI, while Kansas is 97th. The Shockers are 1-7 against the top-50 and 4-11 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 2-9 this season on the road.
• In those 11 road games, WSU is hitting .201 with a 6.27 ERA and .969 fielding percentage.
• On the road this season, Alec Bohm is hitting .262, Greyson Jenista is hitting .256 and Luke Ritter is hitting .240.
• WSU is 5-5 in the last 10 games.
• In those 10 games, WSU is hitting .262 with a 3.68 ERA and .973 fielding percentage.
• In the last 10 games, Willie Schwanke is hitting .357, Alex Jackson is hitting .341, Trey Vickers is hitting .333, Travis Young and Jacob Katzfey are hitting .308 and Greyson Jenista is hitting .281.
• The Shockers are just one of seven teams (Alabama, George Washington, College of Charleston, UNC Asheville) 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 one more appearance to move into a tie for 15th 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.
• Six Shockers have double-digit errorless streaks including Travis Young at 64, Gunnar Troutwine at 25, Alex Jackson at 21, Noah Croft and Greyson Jenista at 19 and Jacob Katzfey at 13.
• 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 656-273 overall in the month of April.
• Since 1978, the Shockers are 26-7 on April 11.
• 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 14-17 overall and are coming off a series loss at West Virginia 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 and West Virginia. 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 and West Virginia twice. As a team, KU is hitting .230 with a 4.17 ERA and a .965 fielding percentage. They are led offensively by Matt McLaughlin who is hitting .327 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 17 RBI. The Jayhawks are led by head coach Ritch Price.

Series History vs. the Jayhawks
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Jayhawks 43-33. WSU also leads the series in Lawrence 19-17. The Shockers have not won in Lawrence since a 6-4 win in 16 innings in 2012.

Last Meeting vs. KU
The last meeting between the two teams was May 17, 2016 in Wichita. The Shockers won the game 7-6. Dayton Dugas and Trey Vickers each went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Shockers. Reliever Chase Williams earned the win.

Schwanke’s New Role
Senior utility player Willie Schwanke appeared in the Shocker lineup for the first time this season on April 5 against Oklahoma State. He was the starting designated hitter in all four games this week and went 5-for-14 (.357) with three runs, a RBI and four walks. He last had an at bat on March 10, 2015 against Central Arkansas. He is currently on a career-best four game hitting streak.

Lewis’ Streak
Senior pitcher Zach Lewis has made four straight quality starts for the Shockers. In his last four starts, he has pitched 28 innings and is 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA. He has allowed just three runs on 16 hits with seven walks and 24 strikeouts. He currently has a 16.1 scoreless innings streak.

Bats Ready for MVC Play
The Shocker bats came alive in the three-game series against Southern Illinois. In the three games, the Shockers hit .343 and averaged 10.7 runs per game. Trey Vickers and Alec Bohm hit .462, while Willie Schwanke and Noah Croft hit .400, Greyson Jenista hit .364, Alex Jackson and Travis Young hit .333 and Dayton Dugas hit .300.

Triple Play
In the ninth inning of Sunday’s 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 Friday’s 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 Sunday 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 Saturday 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.

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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