Sycamores too much for Shocker baseball


Garrett Bayliff gets thrown out a home during game two of the double-header at Eck Stadium. The Shockers lost two out of three games against Indiana State this weekend.

Sports Editor

After sweeping No. 9 Cal State Fullerton last weekend, the Shocker baseball team seemed to be heading into a winning direction.

Missouri Valley Conference opponents, the Indiana State Sycamores plummeted the team’s success after snatching the weekend series and dropping the Shocker record to 16-14 overall, 2-4 in the Valley.

Game 1- Wichita State-0, Indiana State-3

The opening game was delayed to Saturday and forced a double-header for the Shockers and Indiana State Sycamores.

In the opening game of the series, the Sycamores shut out the Shockers 3-0, dropping the team’s record to 16-12 overall and 2-2 in the Valley.

The Shockers were able to get off a total of four hits in the first game but unable to score a single run. Casey Gillaspie led the team making 2-out-of-4 attempts.

A.J. Ladwig was the only Shocker pitcher to see the mound throwing 123 pitches and giving up 11 hits to the Sycamores. Ladwig had a total of eight strikeouts in the first game while only acquiring one error.

Game 2- Wichita State-2, Indiana State-3

In round two of the double-header, the Shockers came out looking stronger in comparison to the first game.

The Shockers held tight on defense in the first and second inning by refusing to allow the Sycamores to score out of the gate. The first scoring run came to Indiana State in the third and did not earn another run until the sixth.

At the top of the seventh, the Shockers kicked the game into high gear and earned two runs to take the team’s first lead of the series.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, the Sycamores were able to pull off a bases-loaded walk to cap the game at three. Neither the Shockers nor the Sycamores were able to score in the remainder of the game, and Indiana State swept the double-header.

Giving Ladwig a break at the mound, the Shockers sent Cale Elam, Aaron LaBrie and Foster Vielock into the game. Elam spent the most time in the pitching position as he threw 72 balls giving up only one run and earning two strikeouts.

Game 3- Wichita State-4, Indiana State-5

In the final matchup of the series, Indiana State took a quick lead in the bottom of the second scoring the first run of the game. The Shockers were unable to answer back in the top of the third, and the Sycamores capitalized to the unresponsive team their next time out scoring two additional runs in the bottom of the third.

Wichita State was able to score runs in the top of the fourth, sixth and ninth innings but it wasn’t enough to hold out the Sycamores to bring home at least one win from the series.

The Shockers showcased Kris Gardner and Same Tewes at the mound in the final matchup. Tewes threw 74 pitches in the game and tallied up a remarkable five errors in his playtime while Gardner threw for 34 earning zero errors. All five of the Sycamores’ runs were scored against Tewes.

In hopes of refueling a winning streak, the Shockers will take on the Kansas State Wildcats on 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Manhattan, Kan.