Wichita State baseball pitching coach Mike Steele wraps up fall practices with his view on the starting rotation, newcomers making a mark and how recruiting changes in the American Athletic Conference. He discusses overcoming the fear of failure and why sometimes he lets his pitchers struggle and struggle some more. We wrap up with his thoughts on best Shocker Halloween costumes.
Wichita State senior Luke Ritter, coming off a season in which he hit a team-leading .341, talks about Saturday’s scrimmage at Nebraska, which newcomers are catching his eye this fall and how he overcame a sophomore slump to break out as a junior, helped by coaches who kept him in the lineup.
It’s a big weekend of baseball at Eck Stadium with South Florida visiting. Shocker broadcast voices Shane Dennis and Denning Gerig give us the scouting report on USF lefty Shane McClanahan, who is expected to go early in the first round of the June draft. Wichita State’s pitching rotation is unsettled and freshman Tyler Davis is working his way up the chart after last weekend’s performance. We discuss Wichita State’s NCAA at-large resume, which is strong in key areas and weak in others. Can the Shockers win their way back into the picture? We discuss Luke Ritter’s bounce-back junior season and Bohm’s candidacy for the Golden Spikes Award. We wrap up by reminiscing about former Shocker Darren Dreifort, the 1993 Golden Spikes winner, who celebrated a birthday last week.
Wichita State senior Gunnar Troutwine discusses his love for playing catcher, why it’s important to chat up the umpire, how the Shockers bounce back from a tough day and what it felt like to get his Clint McKeever on at Oklahoma State. Also, which Game of Thrones character does he evoke?
Grant Cohen of the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network and American Campus Connect and Dennig Gerig of Cox Yurview Kansas joined Paul Suellentrop to talk Wichita State baseball. Who is the biggest surprise on the roster? Can the Shockers host an NCAA regional? Where did this pitching improvement come from? In the second half of the podcast, Cohen and Gerig talk about their paths through Wichita State to a career in sports journalism.
Shane Dennis of KFH and Wichita State baseball TV/radio joins Paul Suellentrop to discuss the Shockers 17-4 record and road trip to East Carolina. They discuss the pitching staff and how the decision for many of them to skip summer baseball worked. Who is the better Liam Eddy comp – Tim Kelley or A.J. Ladwig? Who are the young position players most likely to grow into bigger roles? Where do third baseman Alec Bohm and centerfielder Greyson Jenista fit in recent Shocker history?