HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team hit the
field for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 20, taking on the Ontario Blue Jays
at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium. The Sycamores got off to a hot start and
rode a six-run first inning to victory, defeating the Blue Jays by a score
Six Sycamores picked up hits in the first inning for ISU, coming from senior Lucas Hileman, junior Jeremy Lucas, junior Koby Kraemer, junior Robby Ort, senior Jon Hedges and sophomore Owen Conway. Lucas, Ort, Hedges, Conway and sophomore Tyler Wampler all drove in runs in the inning, as ISU took an early 6-1 lead.
Indiana State would add three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, on RBIs from Lucas, Hedges and Ort. The Sycamores tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, on a sacrifice fly by Lucas in the eighth and a single by senior Kyle Burnam in the ninth.
Sophomore Sean Manaea started the game for ISU, striking out two while allowing two hits in two innings on the mound. Junior Dakota Bakus took the mound for the next two innings, allowing two hits and striking out one. Junior Devin Moore, sophomore Kurt Kudrecki and senior Reggie Hochstedler all pitched one scoreless inning in relief, with junior Ryan Torgerson closing the door with a pair of strikeouts in the final two innings of the game.
In the field, the Sycamores will return an experienced squad in 2012, as all nine position starters are back in ISU blue. On the mound, Indiana State will also welcome back a wealth of experience, as ISU loses just the four members of their pitching staff that were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft or signed following the end of the season (Blake Drake, Brett Merkley, Colin Rea and Jason Van Skike).
ISU begins their 2012 campaign with nine games on the road in late February and early March, traveling to Southwest Louisiana (Feb. 17-19), Huntsville, Ala., for the Alabama A&M Tournament (Feb. 24-26) and Eastern Kentucky (March 2-4), before playing their home opener against Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, March 6.