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May 22, 2014

MVC Tournament: Parker gets it right as WSU eliminates SIU

Shockers to play Illinois State later on Thursday

TERRE HAUTE — When two teams are as inseperable as Wichita State and Southern Illinois were in Thursday's Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament opener, the decisions made in winning time take on that much more importance.

For Wichita State shortstop Dayne Parker, indecision hit him in the crucible of that moment in the 12th inning ... but he snapped out of it.

On a one-out Chase Simpson ground ball to third base, Parker -- standing on third -- froze. But when the Salukis went for an inning-ending double play, he made a belated dash for the plate.

SIU couldn't turn the double play and Parker slid under the throw from first base to provide the Shockers with the winning run in a 2-1 victory that eliminated the star-struck Salukis.

"He should have been going on ground ball contact, but he didn't break," WSU coach Todd Butler said. "We were lucky. He broke late and ended up being safe."

Parker thought the Simpson grounder was too close to the line to risk running immediately. Encouraged by WSU third base coach Brian Walker, Parker took off.

"From the beginning, he said anything on the ground anywhere, we're going hard," Parker said. "He didn't hit it really hard and I froze. I was going to let him throw to second. As soon as he did, Walker said, 'Go, go, go!' I was supposed to take off as soon as it was hit, but it worked out."

The run was like water in a desert in a game that featured just five base hits combined, but that still featured plenty of frustration for Shockers and Salukis alike as nothing could be made out of the 15 combined walks drawn.

WSU starting pitcher Sam Tewes and SIU starter Aaron Hauge gave up one hit each. Runs were scored for both teams in the fourth. WSU's Daniel Kihle hit a single to center, but the ball got past a diving Dyllin Mucha and Kihle scored on the three-base error. Cody Daily's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth tied at 1-1.

Tewes injured his right knee on the last play of the sixth inning when he reached to try and field a ball off the mound. He was assisted off the field. Butler said there was no indication yet as to the severity of the injury.

Shockers' relievers Ray Ashford, and particularly, Foster Vielock, picked up Tewes. They gave up no base hits in six innings of work.

"Ashford pitched well and Vielock pitched extremely well. He threw strikes and had good command," Butler said.

SIU's pitching staff was equal to the task. The Salukis' bullpen combination of Kyle Pauly, Tyler Dray and Lee Weld gave up just three base hits in six innings of work.

Two of those hits came in the decisive 12th inning. Parker led off with a single and advanced to third on a Casey Gillaspie single to set up the fateful game-winning play.

SIU went down in order in the 12th and it continued a depressing refrain. SIU was 10-15 in one-run games this season.

Wichita State plays Illinois State later Thursday. Butler indicated that Kris Gardner would start for the Shockers. WSU went the long route through the loser's bracket to win the tournament in 2013 and hope to do it again.

"We've been here and done it before. We rely on the preparation we've had before now [to do it again]," Parker said.

WICHITA STATE (AB-R-H-BI) -- Bayliff rf 6-0-0-0, Parker ss 3-1-1-0, Gillaspie 1b 5-0-2-0, Simpson 3b 6-0-0-1, Baker c 5-0-0-0, Kihle cf 4-1-1-0, Harbutz dh 3-0-0-0, Kirk 2b 2-0-0-0, Koeiman ph-2b 2-0-0-0, Dearman lf 4-0-0-0. TOTALS 40-2-4-1.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (AB-R-H-BI) -- Kopach 2b 3-0-0-0, Welch ss 3-1-0-0, Casillas 1b 5-0-0-0, Daily dh 3-0-0-1, Hand rf 5-0-0-0, Jones c 5-0-0-0, Rolland lf 3-0-1-0, Duschinsky pr 0-0-0-0, Osborne lf 1-0-0-0, Rosthenhausl 3b 4-0-0-0, Mucha cf 3-0-0-0. TOTALS 35-1-1-1.

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E -- Simpson (10), Welch 2 (22), Mucha (1). LOB -- WSU 12, SIU 7. S -- Kihle (3), Rosthenhausl (5). SF -- Daily (5). SB -- Harbutz (1), Welch (14). CS -- Rolland (1).

Wichita State

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Vielock (W, 3-0)=4 1/3=0=0=0=2=1

Southern Illinois

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Dray=1=0=0=0=2=0

Weld (L, 3-2)=1=2=1=1=0=0

WP -- Tewes (5). HBP -- by Hauge (Harbutz). PB -- Jones (5). T -- 3:31.

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