WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State carries its unbeaten record into a three-game series vs. Nebraska at Eck Stadium, beginning Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
• All three games will be broadcast on KNSS 1330 AM and on goshockers.com with Shane Dennis calling the action and on Shocker HD with Denning Gerig and Tim Slack.
• Nebraska leads the overall series with Wichita State 25-22. The Shockers lead the series in Wichita 13-9.
• Alec Bohm is a member of The American Honor Roll this week.
• Former Shocker Bryan Erstad, who was an Academic All-American and played for WSU from 2001-04, is the younger brother of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad.
• Head Coach Todd Butler collected his 200th career victory on Feb. 24 against Omaha.
• Alec Bohm is currently on an eight-game hitting streak, while Jacob Katzfey is on a four-game streak.
• Bohm already has multi-hit games in five of the six played this season.
• All 10 Shockers, who have a home run in their career, have homered in their last 61 at bats.
• Six Shockers have double-digit errorless streaks including Jacob Katzfey at 25, Dayton Dugas at 24, Jordan Boyer at 19, Greyson Jenista at 17, Josh DeBacker at 16 and Noah Croft at 13.
• Junior Greyson Jenista has made 103-straight starts while junior Alec Bohm has started 86 straight. Senior Trey Vickers had his streak of 89 straight starts broken opening weekend.
• Freshman Hunter Gibson homered in his first collegiate plate appearance on Feb. 25 against Omaha. He is just the second Shocker to do that joining teammate Alec Bohmwho did it in 2016.
• Greyson Jenista and Alec Bohm have both been named preseason All-Americans and to the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.
• WSU is 156-53 all-time overall in the month of February.
• WSU is 14-6 on March 2 since 1978. The Shockers are 16-6 on March 3 and 10-8 on March 4.
• WSU is 580-236-2 all-time in the month of March.
• The Shockers are 88-7 all-time at home (Eck and Lawrence-Dumont) in the month of February.
• WSU is now 30-11 in season openers since 1978.
• WSU is now 38-3 in home openers since 1978.
• The Shockers were picked sixth in The American Preseason Poll.
• Junior third baseman Alec Bohm and junior outfielder Greyson Jenista were named to the preseason all-conference team.
• The Shockers welcome nine newcomers in 2018.
• WSU returns nine starters and 24 letterwinners from the 2017 team.
• The Shocker pitching staff returns five pitchers who started games in 2017 including Codi Heuer, Cody Tyler, Keylan Killgore, Tommy Barnhouse and Robby Evans.
• Wichita State is playing its first season in the American Athletic Conference. The Shocker baseball program was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference from 1948-2017
• Head Coach Todd Butler is in his fifth season as coach of the Shockers.
• Assistant Coach Sammy Esposito is the third base coach and Volunteer Assistant Coach Willie Schwanke is the first base coach.
The Huskers are 5-3 overall with wins over UC Riverside, Washington State twice and Utah twice. Losses have come against UC Riverside and Oregon State twice. Leading the way offensively is Jess Wilkening who is hitting .346 with nine RBI. The team is hitting .216 with a 4.37 ERA. The Huskers are led by head coach Darin Erstad.
Series History vs. the Huskers
Nebraska leads the overall series 25-22, but the Shockers lead the series in Wichita 13-9.
Last Meeting vs. NU
The last meeting between the two teams was a three-game series in Lincoln, Neb. on March 18-20, 2016. The Shockers won game one 17- 5, but the Huskers won the next two by scores of 4-0 and 7-3. Alec Bohm went 3-for-6 in the series, while Greyson Jenista went 3-for-8 with three RBI.
Gibson Homers in Debut
Freshman Hunter Gibson pinch hit in game three of the series against Omaha for his first collegiate at bat. He hit an opposite field home run and became just the second player in Shocker history to hit a home run in their first collegiate plate appearance. The other is his teammate Alec Bohm who did it in 2016.
The Bash Brothers went back-to-back for the first time this season in game three against Omaha. Greyson Jenista hit a two-run home run to left field and on the very next pitch Alec Bohm homered to right-center. It was the first time the Shockers hit back to back home runs since Dayton Dugas and Noah Croft did it last season at Bradley.
Bohm Named to Honor Roll
Junior third baseman Alec Bohm led the Shockers to a three-game sweep of Omaha. He went 5-for-9 (.556) with one run, one double, one home run, one RBI and three walks. In the opener, he went 1-for-2 with two walks and in game two he went 2-for-4 with a double. In the finale, he went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and a RBI. He pushed his hitting streak to eight games and is now hitting .550 this season.
Junior pitcher Connor Lungwitz rebounded after a tough start last weekend. He pitched six shutout innings and earned the win in game three against Omaha. He allowed just two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Sophomore closer Tommy Barnhouse continued his hot start to the season. He picked up his second save of the season in game one against Omaha and has now pitched four shutout innings this season and has not allowed a hit. He also has six strikeouts and no walks. The only baserunner he has allowed reached on a hit by pitch.
After the offense dominated the first three-game series of the year at McNeese State, the pitching responded in the second series against Omaha. The Shocker staff allowed just five runs in the series in 27 innings for a 1.67 ERA.
Five Shockers made their collegiate debut in the three-game series at McNeese State. Redshirt freshmen Alex Segal and Preston Minor both pitched, while true freshmen Ross Cadena, Tyler Davis and Liam Eddy also played. Three more made appearances in the series with Omaha including Hunter Gibson, Paxton Wallace and Garrett Kocis.
Freshman pitcher Liam Eddy picked up his second win of the year in the game two victory over Omaha. He pitched 7.1 shutout innings and allowed just three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He improved to 2-0 on the year and lowered his ERA to 1.42.
Road Series Win
With the sweep of McNeese State, Wichita State won its first road series since 2015 at Southern Illinois. It was the first non-conference road series win for the Shockers since sweeping Hawaii in 2007.
Jenista and Bohm Named to Watch List
Two Wichita State baseball student-athletes have been named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list. Junior third baseman Alec Bohm and junior outfielder Greyson Jenista are both on the 55-player list. The award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country and will be presented on June 28 in Los Angeles. Darren Dreifort is the only Shocker to win the award. He won it in 1993 after being a finalist in 1992.
Jenista & Bohm Named Preseason All-Americans
Greyson Jenista and Alec Bohm enter the 2018 season with many preseason accolades. Jenista has been named a preseason All-American by five publications, while Bohm has been honored by four. Jenista was named to the first team by Baseball America and College Sports Madness, second team by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game and to the third team by D1Baseball. Bohm was named to the first team by Perfect Game, College Sports Madness and Baseball America and the third team by Collegiate Baseball. Bohm, a junior from Omaha, Neb., hit .305 last season with 71 hits, 44 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 40 RBI and five stolen bases to earn first team all-conference honors. During the summer, he helped the Falmouth Commodores to the Western Division Cape Cod League Playoffs and earned All-Star honors, while finishing second in the Cape in batting average (.351), third in RBI (28), third in doubles (10) and 10th in home runs (5). Jenista, a junior from Eudora, Kan., hit .320 last season with 73 hits, 45 runs, 14 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 41 RBI and six stolen bases to earn second team all-conference honors. During the summer, he helped the Cotuit Kettleers to the Western Division Cape Cod League Playoffs and earned Cape Cod League MVP honors after hitting .310 with 24 runs, 44 hits, four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Junior first baseman Mason O’Brien is carrying on a Shocker baseball family tradition. His uncles Charlie O’Brien (1980-82) and Erik Sonberg (1981-83) and cousins Chris O’Brien (2009-11) and Tim Kelley (2008-11) all played for the Shockers.
WSU Joins The American
On April 7, 2017, Wichita State accepted an invitation to the American Athletic Conference. Commissioner Mike Aresco announced the addition of Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference beginning on July 1, 2017. The American’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept Wichita State as its newest member. The Shockers officially joined The American on July 1, 2017 and conference members include the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University, Tulane University, University of Tulsa, the U.S. Naval Academy and Wichita State University. Navy is a football-only member and Wichita State is a basketball and Olympic sports-only member.
Shockers Picked Sixth in The American
The Shockers were sixth in The American preseason poll done by the league’s coaches. WSU totaled 29 points. Houston received five first-place votes and 59 points to finish first. UConn was picked second with three first-place votes and 50 points.
Two Named to Preseason All-Conference Team
Junior third baseman Alec Bohm and junior outfielder Greyson Jenista were named to the preseason all-conference team. Bohm earned first team all-Valley honors in 2017, while Jenista was named to the second team.
Nine Starters Return
WSU returns nine starters from the 2017 team in senior shortstop Trey Vickers, junior third baseman Alec Bohm, junior outfielders Dayton Dugas and Travis Young, junior utility player Luke Ritter, junior second baseman Jordan Boyer, junior first baseman Greyson Jenista, sophomore catcher Noah Croft and sophomore outfielder Alex Jackson.
Shockers to Play 32 Home Games
WSU will play 32 home games in 2018 including 2017 NCAA Tourney participants Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts and USF. The Shockers also host Omaha, SIUE, UT Arlington, Furman, Tulane, UConn, Central Arkansas, Kansas, Cincinnati, South Dakota State and Kansas State.
Newcomers Look to Make Impact
WSU welcomes nine newcomers to the 2018 team including junior Mason O’Brien and freshmen Logan Easley, Ross Cadena, Hunter Gibson, Paxton Wallace, Tyler Davis, Liam Eddy, Garrett Kocis, and Jacob Lindemann.
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2017 Season Review
In 2017, the Shockers finished 28-30 overall and 10-11 in the Valley. Alec Bohm and Zach Lewis earned first team all-Valley honors, while Greyson Jenista was named to the second team. Trey Vickers and Noah Croft were named honorable mention.