TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Senior Robby Ort tallied two hits and one run batted in on Wednesday night at Bob Warn Field, pushing his career total to 187 career RBIs and moving the Indiana State senior into sole possession of third place in ISU’s career record books. The visiting Eastern Illinois Panthers spoiled the night for the Sycamores, however, hitting two home runs in a 5-3 road victory for EIU.
The loss is the fourth in a row for Indiana State, dropping the Sycamores to 18-22 overall. Eastern Illinois improves to 17-26 on the season and snaps a three-game losing streak.
Indiana State took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as Ort pulled a single down the right field line that plated sophomore Landon Curry from second base. Eastern Illinois came right back in the top half of the following inning as Jason Scholl led off the second inning with a solo home run to deep right field.
The Sycamores took the lead again in the fifth inning as freshman Taylor Steen, junior Tyler Wampler and Curry tallied three consecutive sacrifice bunts after a leadoff single by redshirt sophomore Derek Hannahs. The single to center for Hannahs extended his team-leading hitting streak to 11 games.
The Panthers took the lead for good in the top of the sixth, tying the game on a double play before Brant Valach put the visitors in front on a two-out, two-run home run just inside the foul pole down the left field line.
Indiana State cut the lead in half on a groundout by Wampler in the seventh, but the Panthers tacked on an insurance run in the eighth before closing out the game in the ninth for the road victory.
Redshirt senior Tyler Fehringer started the game for Indiana State, tossing 4.2 innings with three strikeouts while allowing one run on four hits. Junior Tyler Pazik (0-1) pitched for the first time since late February and suffered the loss.
Ort (2-for-4) and Hannahs (2-for-3) both tallied multi-hit games, with Ort passing Dan Drye (186 – 1989-92) on ISU’s career RBI list. Boi Rodriguez (200 – 1985-87) and Chad McDonald (198 – 1988-90) lead the Sycamore baseball program in runs batted in.
Indiana State steps outside of the Missouri Valley Conference this weekend, hosting Alcorn State for three games beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10.