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Saturday, March 01, 2008 | Baseball
Shockers, Sycamores Fall to Ranked Foes, MVC Baseball Roundup
Seventh-ranked (CBN) Wichita State dropped an 8-5 decision to No. 10 Long Beach State, while Indiana State fell 11-3 to No. 4 Mississippi on Saturday. Creighton, Missouri State, Illinois State and Northern Iowa captured wins on the day while Bradley, Evansville and Southern Illinois ended Saturday’s MVC baseball slate with losses.
#7 Wichita State 5, #10 Long Beach State 8
Shocker ace Aaron Shafer endured a rough outing against the 49ers. The preseason All-Valley selection allowed six earned runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings of work to even his record at 1-1 on the season. LBS knocked Shafer out of the game during a five-run sixth inning that clinched the contest. The left side of the WSU infield provided most of the Shocker runs, with shortstop Dusty Coleman and third baseman Conor Gillaspie driving in two runs each. The Shockers fall to 3-2 on the season.
Indiana State 3, #4 Mississippi 11
Junior catcher Bronco LaFrenz paced the Sycamores with a 2-for-3, one RBI day, but Ole’ Miss and its 20-hit offensive evening proved too much for Indiana State. Centerfielder Chris Schmidt also tallied two hits for Indiana State. Indiana State falls to 1-4 on the season.
Elsewhere in the Valley:
Bradley 1, Eastern Kentucky 13
Eastern Kentucky got a solid pitching effort from starter Christian Friedrich and took advantage of five Bradley errors on its way to a 13-1 victory over the Braves. The hosts scored in four of the first five innings, including a seven-run fifth to take a 10-0 lead, to put away the Braves. Junior Jim Clayton scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Rob Elliot for the lone Bradley run. The Braves move to 2-2 on the year.
Creighton 9, Tennessee-Martin 4
Creighton 12, Tennessee-Martin 1
Preseason All-Valley pick Darin Ruf finished Creighton’s saturday doubleheader 5-of-8 with four RBI while DH Brett Mieras went 5-of-7 and tallied five RBI to help push the Bluejays to a sweep. The Creighton bullpen held TMU scoreless for the final four innings of game one while starter Jeremy Hauer struck out three during six scoreless innings and earned his first win of the year in game two. The Bluejays tallied 26 hits on the day and improved to 3-2 on the season.
Evansville 0, Radford 5
Radford senior starter Eric Evans tossed eight scoreless innings of one-hit baseball while striking out a career-high 10 to improve to 1-1 on the year. Evans and UE freshman right-hander Matthew Page exchanged scoreless frames until the fourth inning, when Radford produced consecutive RBI singles to take a 2-0 lead. Radford scored three more, including two in the sixth, to earn the 5-0 win. Evansville falls to 0-5 on the year.
Illinois State 9, Vanderbilt 3
Junior Kevin Dubler tallied a career-high four hits, including his first home run of the season, and freshman Corey Maines hit his second homer of the year, as the pair pushed the Redbirds to a 9-3 win over Vanderbilt. Sophomore Ryan Copeland allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out a career-high six batters in seven innings of work. Illinois state moves to 3-2 on the year.
Missouri State 15, Central Arkansas 4
MSU topped the 10-run mark for the fourth time in six games and notched season-highs of 15 runs and 17 hits Saturday to earn a 15-4 non-conference baseball victory over Central Arkansas. Chris Playter and defending MVC Player of the Week Ben Woodbury combined to go 5-for-10, score five runs and drive in six in the win. MSU starter Aaron Meade threw five strong innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits to pick up his first win of the season. MSU improves to 5-1 on the season.
Northern Iowa 8, Arkansas-Little Rock 1
Senior Brett Featherston’s third-inning three-run shot and two late-inning singles by Dane Embury provided the punch to UNI’s 8-1 mopping of UALR. Embury finished the night 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Senior Taylor Sinclair delivered a quality start in his first appearance of the year, while senior Tim Flattery pitched three no-hit innings to close the game with a save. The Panthers improve to 3-4 on the season.
Southern Illinois 1, Northern Illinois 3
SIU starter Cody Adams allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings of work, but was left on the hook for the loss after the NIU staff stepped up with seven straight scoreless innings to seal the game. SIU managed eight hits, but couldn’t plate the runs to topple the Huskies. SIU moves to 2-3 on the year.