TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Jason Van Skike tossed seven shutout innings on the mound and junior Jon Hedges broke up a no-hitter with a solo home run to send the Indiana State baseball team to a 3-0 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Tuesday night on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
The win moves ISU to 21-18 on the season while dropping SIUE to 18-20, snapping the visitor's seven-game winning streak in the process.
Pitching dominated Tuesday night in Terre Haute, as Van Skike for Indiana State and Spencer Patton (5-3) for SIU Edwardsville combined to allow no runs over the first seven innings of the contest. Junior Reggie Hochstedler (3-1) and senior Blake Drake finished off the ISU shutout, tossing the final two innings of the night, with Hochstedler earning the victory and Drake picking up his sixth save of the season.
The Sycamores went without a hit through the first seven innings, with only a pair of walks by junior Lucas Hileman providing runners on base. The Cougars threatened in each of the first two innings, getting runners to third in both frames, but Van Skike struck out a batter to end each inning to keep SIUE off the scoreboard. SIUE also got a runner to third in the top of the eighth, but Hochstedler struck out a batter to end that inning as well.
Hedges tallied ISU's first hit in run-scoring fashion in the eighth, sending the first pitch from Patton in the inning over the left-center field wall for his fourth home run of the season and a one-run Sycamore lead. Freshman Tyler Wampler followed with a single to right to chase Patton from the game, as Indiana State added two more runs in the eighth on a double down the left field line by sophomore Koby Kraemer, scoring Wampler and Hileman to give ISU a 3-0 lead.
ISU finished off the game in the ninth, with Hochstedler striking out a batter in a left-on-left matchup before Drake entered to rack up the final two outs for the save. Van Skike received a no-decision after seven innings on the mound, allowing just four hits while tying a career high with eight strikeouts.
The Sycamores executed fundamental team baseball on Tuesday, allowing no walks to the Cougars and going without an error on defense. Tuesday's game was the second time this season that ISU did not walk an opponent during a game, also allowing no free passes against Western Michigan on March 12.
Indiana State returns to Missouri Valley Conference action this weekend, as the Sycamores are set for a three-game series on the road at preseason MVC favorite Illinois State on Friday through Sunday. First pitch on Friday is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET) and can be heard live on ESPN Radio AM 1300.
Postgame comments from head coach Rick Heller: