EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - A pair of two-run home runs for the SIU Edwardsville Cougars sent the home team to victory, as the Indiana State baseball team fell 4-2 on the road at Roy E. Lee Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The loss is the sixth in a row for the Sycamores, dropping their overall record to 19-16 on the season. The win improves the Cougars to 16-19 and extends their winning streak to five straight games.
The Cougars opened the scoring on Tuesday, as James Vazquez sent a pitch from ISU freshman Josh Negele up into the 25 miles per hour wind blowing out to left field for a two-run home run with two outs in the inning.
Just as they did during their series against Creighton last week, Indiana State had plenty of chances with runners in scoring position, but could not get a hit run-producing hit over the first six innings. The Sycamores had runners on base in each of the first eight innings on Tuesday, but left 10 men on base during the game.
Sophomore Robby Ort cut the SIUE lead to one run in the seventh, sending a pitch up into the wind for his team-leading eighth home run of the season.
ISU tied the game in the following inning, as junior Kyle Burnam drew a walk and worked his way around the bases to score on a sacrifice fly by freshman Tyler Wampler. After his walk, Burnam moved up to second on a wild pitch before going to third on a groundout by junior Ryan Walterhouse.
The Cougars came right back in the bottom half of the eighth, scoring the game-winning runs on a two-run shot by freshman Devin Caldwell to left field. ISU could not rally to get back into the game in the ninth, recording three outs in order in the final inning.
Ort and Wampler led ISU at the plate on Tuesday, both picking up two hits and one RBI. Sophomore Koby Kraemer went 0-for-4, snapping his 18-game hitting streak that started back on March 19 against Eastern Kentucky.
The Sycamores hit the road for their first league series away from Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium this weekend, when the team travels to Springfield, Mo., for a three-game series with the Missouri State Bears. First pitch on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET).