Wichita State Shockers baseball
|Wichita State Shockers|
|University||Wichita State University|
|Head Coach||Todd Butler (1st year)|
|Home Stadium||Eck Stadium
|Nickname||Wichita State Shockers|
|College World Series Runner-up|
|1982, 1991, 1993|
|College World Series Appearances|
|1982, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013|
|1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010|
The Wichita State Shockers baseball team represents Wichita State University in the sport of baseball. The Wichita State Shockers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Shockers have made the College World Series seven times, winning the national championship in 1989. Wichita State has the fourth highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I baseball history, trailing only Texas, Florida State, and Miami (FL).
- 1 History
- 2 Head coaches
- 3 Year-by-year results
- 4 Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament
- 5 Individual Awards
- 6 Current and former major league players
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early Years: 1899–1923
Wichita State, then Fairmount College, played its first college baseball game on April 14, 1899 against Southwestern College. For the first three years, they were coached by Harry Hess, who was also the head football coach at the time.
Over the next two decades, the program would cycle through a number of coaches, none finding particular success or lasting more than 4 years. Wichita would produce two Major League Baseball players during that time in Claude Hendrix and Lloyd Bishop.
After the 1923 season, the baseball program was shut down.
Second stint: 1948–1970
Having since joined the Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita decided to re-launch their baseball program for the 1948 season. Over the next 23 seasons, Wichita would struggle through a number of coaching changes and middling success, only once finishing at the top of the MVC's West Division.
After the 1970 season, the baseball program was again shut down.
Stephenson era: 1978–2013
The modern era of Wichita State baseball began in 1977, when Oklahoma Sooners assistant coach Gene Stephenson was hired to run the program beginning with the 1978 season. Stephenson had been recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor for the Sooners under Enos Semore and helped lead Oklahoma to five College World Series appearances.
In just Stephenson's third season, led by three-time All-American Joe Carter, Wichita State qualified for the 1980 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, the first tournament appearance in Shocker history. In his fifth season, Stephenson led the Shockers all the way to the 1982 College World Series, where they lost to the Miami Hurricanes in the championship game. Ultimately, the Shockers won 73 games in 1982, setting the NCAA record for wins in a single season. In 1988, Stephenson again led Wichita State to the College World Series before being eliminated by the Arizona State Sun Devils in the semi-finals.
In 1989, led by All-Americans Eric Wedge, Greg Brummett, Mike Lansing, and Mike McDonald, the Shockers returned to the College World Series and won the national championship, defeating the Texas Longhorns in the championship game. To date, it is the only team national title ever won by a Shocker team in any sport.
From 1991-1993, led by multi-year All-Americans Chris Wimmer, Doug Mirabelli, and Darren Dreifort, the Shockers made three consecutive trips to the College World Series, finishing as the runners-up to the LSU Tigers in both 1991 and 1993. Wichita State made their seventh and most-recent tip to the College World Series in 1996.
Since 1996, the Shockers have had quite a bit of success, with 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including Super Regional Appearances in 2007 and 2008, but have failed to reach the same heights they found during the 1980s and 1990s. Since 1980, Wichita State trails only Florida State in total wins and winning percentage.
On July 11, 2005, Stephenson announced he was returning to Oklahoma as head coach, but decided to return to Wichita State just hours after his introductory press conference, citing concerns with Oklahoma's scholarship situation.
After 36 years, WSU fired Stephenson on June 4, 2013.
|Walter P. Frantz||1904||8||2||0||.800|
|Willis Bates||1906–1908, 1914||37||26||0||.587|
|Roy K. Thomas||1909–1912||23||19||1||.548|
|E. Van Long||1913||2||12||0||.143|
|Dick Miller||1952–1953, 1961||13||26||0||.333|
Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament
- The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament started in 1947.
- The format of the tournament has changed through the years.
- The Sporting News National Player of the Year
- Joe Carter - 1981
- Darren Dreifort - 1993
All College World Series
Current and former major league players
- Ken Berry
- Lloyd Bishop
- Casey Blake
- Jaime Bluma
- Greg Brummett
- Joe Carter
- Darren Dreifort
- Larry Foss
- Conor Gillaspie
- Tyler Green
- Dave Haas
- Don Heinkel
- Claude Hendrix
- Kevin Hooper
- Mike Lansing
- Don Lock
- Braden Looper
- Pat Meares
- Doug Mirabelli
- Russ Morman
- Bryan Oelkers
- Mike Pelfrey
- Adam Peterson
- Nate Robertson
- Daryl Spencer
- Kennie Steenstra
- Phil Stephenson
- Eric Wedge
- Rick Wrona
- Source: Baseball Reference
- "Year-by-Year Results". goshockers.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "2012 Division 1 Record Book". NCAA.org. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- "Year-by-Year Scores". goshockers.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "The History of Shocker Baseball". GoShockers.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Newell, Kevin. "He Built It and They Came". Coach and Athletic Director Magazine. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Kimmey, Will (12 July 2005). "True Shocker: Stephenson returns to Wichita State". Baseball America. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- Sources: Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson given choice of his exit as baseball coach; The Wichita Eagle; June 3, 2013.