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2013 Indiana State Baseball Season In Review
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Danny Pfrank

The 2013 Indiana State baseball team posted the program’s fifth consecutive winning season, finished as one of the final four teams remaining in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons and saw three players join the professional ranks following the season.

Here are some news and notes that help recap an exciting 2013 spring season on the diamond for the Sycamores.

Royals Select Manaea With 34th Overall Pick Of The MLB Draft
Junior Sean Manaea was selected with the 34th overall pick by the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, June 6, becoming the second-highest draft choice in Indiana State baseball history. Manaea’s selection at No. 34 overall in Competitive Balance Round A (between rounds one and two) trails only Bill Hayes (No. 13, Chicago Cubs, 1978) on the list of the highest draft choices from Indiana State.

Sean Manaea Signs Record-Setting Deal With Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals selected Indiana State left-hander pitcher Sean Manaea with the 34th overall selection of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in early June and came to an agreement with the 6-foot-5 southpaw on Friday, June 21, as Manaea chose to forgo his senior season on the mound with the Sycamores to begin his professional career.

The Kansas City Royals and Manaea agreed to a $3.55 million signing bonus, more than doubling the assigned slot value as defined by Major League Baseball. Manaea’s bonus eclipses the record for a supplemental first-rounder previously held by Nick Castellanos, who received $3.45 million from the Tigers in 2010. Manaea’s bonus also is the second-largest ever outside of the first round, trailing only the $5 million that the Pirates paid second-rounder Josh Bell in 2011.

Moore Selected In The 27th Round Of The 2013 MLB Draft
Indiana State senior right-handed pitcher Devin Moore was selected with the 813th overall pick in the 27th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, June 8.

Moore’s selection marks the 13th MLB Draft selection for the Indiana State baseball program since 2009 and the fifth consecutive year that multiple Sycamores have been drafted, the longest stretch for ISU since a seven-year run with multiple draft selections from 1983-89.

Kraemer Signs With The Toronto Blue Jays
Senior Koby Kraemer inked a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization following the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, continuing the baseball career for the Terre Haute native and South Vigo High School product. Kraemer began his career at Indiana State as a two-sport athlete, playing both baseball and football beginning in 2009. After suffering a knee injury and sitting out the entire 2010 baseball season, Kraemer focused solely on the diamond from 2011-13, totaling 188 hits and a .290 batting average since his sophomore season. For his career, Kraemer totaled 201 hits, 40 doubles, 11 home runs, 112 runs batted in and 125 runs scored as a Sycamore.

Four Sycamores Earn All-MVC Baseball Honors
The Indiana State baseball team received four All-Missouri Valley Conference selections on Monday (May 20) as announced by the league office prior to the start of the 2013 MVC Baseball Tournament. The awards are voted on by the eight head coaches from around the conference.

Redshirt senior Koby Kraemer was named to two All-MVC teams, earning Second Team All-Conference and All-Defensive Team selections. Junior Sean Manaea was also named Second Team All-MVC with senior Robby Ort and junior Kurt Kudrecki both receiving Honorable Mention All-MVC status.

Baseball Places Four On The MVC Scholar-Athlete Team
Four members of the Indiana State baseball team earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team honors today (June 3), highlighted by seniors Koby Kraemer and Devin Moore both picking up first team status. Sports Information Directors from around the league vote on the award.

Senior Tyler Fehringer and sophomore Landon Curry round out the selections for Indiana State, both earning Honorable Mention Academic All-MVC. Indiana State tied with Missouri State for the most selections in the league.

MLB Draft Selections And Free Agent Signees Since 2009
The Indiana State baseball program has sent 17 individuals onto the professional ranks since 2009 and is currently on a run of five consecutive years with multiple Sycamores being drafted, the program’s longest stretch since a seven-year run with multiple draft selections from 1983-89.

2013 – Sean Manaea (1st round, competitive balance round A), Devin Moore (27th round), Koby Kraemer (free agent)
2012 – Dakota Bacus (9th round), Jeremy Lucas (12th round), Brandon Dorsett (free agent)
2011 – Colin Rea (12th round), Blake Drake (22nd round), Jason Van Skike (free agent), Brett Merkley (free agent)
2010 – Jacob Petricka (2nd round), Ryan Strausborger (16th round)
2009 – Nick Ciolli (10th round), Brady Shoemaker (19th round), Bronco Lafrenz (22nd round), Jacob Petricka (34th round), Eric Valdez (35th round), Michael Manus (free agent)

Ort Breaks Career RBI Record At Indiana State In 2013
Senior Robby Ort hit a three-run home run in the regular season finale against Bradley on May 18, becoming the career RBI leader at Indiana State following his five-RBI performance on Senior Day. Below is quick look at the Top 10 for RBIs in school history.

1. Robby Ort (2010-13) – 202                      6. Mike Eberle (1984-87) – 174
2. Boi Rodriguez (1985-87) – 200                      7. Bob Zeihen (1985-88) – 159
3. Chad McDonald (1988-90) – 198                    8. Mike Lexa (1984-86) – 154
4. Dan Frye (1989-92) – 186                             9. Dan Olson (1994-96) – 153
5. John LaMar (1989-92) – 175                         10. Kevin Egli (2000-03) – 151

Manaea Sets Single-Season ERA Record, Kudrecki Third
Juniors Kurt Kudrecki and Sean Manaea were both stellar for Indiana State in 2013, combining to allow just 20 earned runs over 119.1 innings on the mound. Kudrecki, a native on Dyer, Ind., led the team with 29 appearances and three saves while totaling a 1.57 ERA over 46 innings. Manaea, a product of Wanatah, Ind., posted a 1.47 ERA over 13 starts and 73.1 innings pitched. Below is quick look at the single-season ERA leaders at Indiana State.

1. Sean Manaea (2013) -- 1.47 ERA             6. Craig Kozlowski (1986) -- 2.15 ERA
3. Brian Omogrosso (2002) -- 1.51 ERA              7. Jim Ridenour (1977) -- 2.30 ERA
3. Kurt Kudrecki (2013) -- 1.57 ERA             8. Dakota Bacus (2012) -- 2.37 ERA
4. Joe Thatcher (2002) -- 1.73 ERA                    9. Dave Thomas (1977) -- 2.49 ERA
5. Paul Quizner (1983) -- 2.05 ERA                    10. Tim Barrett (1982) -- 2.51 ERA

Manaea Ranks Third In ISU History In Strikeouts
Junior Sean Manaea finished his three-year career at Indiana State with 290 strikeouts on the mound, good for third-best in Sycamore baseball history. Manaea totaled 115 Ks in his sophomore season, ranking in a tie for third in school history for single-season strikeouts, before totaling 93 strikeouts as a junior in 73.1 innings pitched. The Sycamore southpaw finished the 2013 season ranking third in the NCAA by averaging 11.4 Ks per nine innings. Below is a quick look at the Top 10 in career strikeouts at Indiana State.

1. Casey Whitten (1991-93) – 299                      6. Mitch Stetter (2000-03) – 254
2. Mike Gardiner (1984-87) – 296                       7. Mike Farrell (1988-91) – 248
3. Sean Manaea (2011-13) – 290                 T8. John Howes (1982-86) – 217
4. Brad Finken (1994-97) – 275                         T8. Tom Browning (1993-96) – 217
5. Blaise Ilsley (1983-85) – 274                         10. Paul Quizner (1983-86) – 214

Ort Stands Alone In Program History
Senior Robby Ort ranks first in career runs batted in (202) and third in career hits (277) at Indiana State, becoming the first Sycamore in program history to rank in the top five in both categories. The Newburgh, Ind., native finished his career with a .318 career batting average including 16 triples, 27 home runs and 32 stolen bases. Ort was a First Team All-MVC selection as a sophomore and a junior while earning Honorable Mention All-MVC status in 2013.

Hitting Streak For Hannahs Ends In Regular Season Finale
Redshirt sophomore Derek Hannahs saw his 17-game hitting streak come to an end on the final day of the regular season, as the Robinson, Ill., native went 0-for-4 with two runs scored. Hannahs’ hitting streak began at Wichita State on April 5, with the Ohio State University transfer hitting 22-for-58 (.379) during the streak with 15 runs and a .449 on-base percentage. Clint Barmes (2000) and Demetrius Dowler (1993) hold the record for consecutive games with a hit at 30 games. Below is a quick look at the best hitting streaks for ISU since 2010.

1. Ryan Strausborger (2010) -- 22 games            5. Kyle Burnam (2012) -- 12 games
2. Koby Kraemer (2011) -- 18 games                  T6. Jeremy Lucas (2011) -- 11 games
3. Derek Hannahs (2013) -- 17 games          T6. Robby Ort (2011) -- 11 games
4. Kyle Burnam (2010) -- 13 games                     T6. Rob Ort (2012) -- 11 games

Run Production
Senior Robby Ort led the team in runs batted in following each of his four seasons at Indiana State, totaling 202 RBIs in his freshman through senior seasons. In 2012, Ort became the first Sycamore in program history to lead the team in runs batted in for three consecutive seasons.

Steady At Short
Junior Tyler Wampler has been a mainstay on defense for the Sycamores, starting 143 games at shortstop over his three seasons. Wampler has tallied 469 fielding assists (140 as a freshman in 2011, 184 as a sophomore in 2012, 145 in 2013) in his time at Indiana State, a total that puts the West Terre Haute, Ind., native on pace to break Dan Frye’s school record of 541. Wampler finished the 2013 season with a career fielding percentage of .963 (27 errors in 161 games).

Off And Running
Sophomore Landon Curry led Indiana State with 16 stolen bases last season as a true freshman, ranking in a tie for sixth in the MVC overall. Curry became the first freshman since Bob Zeihen in 1985 to lead the Sycamores in steals as a rookie. The Uniondale, Ind., native was active on the bases again in 2013, ranking fourth in the conference with 19 stolen bases. For his career, Curry is 35-for-43 in stolen base attempts.

All About Defense: Part I
Indiana State has ranked in the Top 50 in fielding percentage from 2009-13, one of only three teams in the nation to do so over each of the previous five seasons. Indiana State is joined on the select list by UC Irvine and Creighton.

All About Defense: Part II
The Sycamores ranked 42nd in the country in fielding percentage in 2013, as the Sycamores finished the season with a .974 fielding percentage. Under head coach Rick Heller, Indiana State is 61-23 (.726) when they do not make an error in a game, including a 12-8 record in 2013. When the Sycamores have made a fielding miscue in Heller’s four seasons, the team sits just above the .500 mark at 70-68.

Getting To The Seventh
Under head coach Rick Heller, ISU is 98-14 (.875) in games that they hold a lead heading into the seventh inning. When the Sycamores have trailed after the sixth inning, ISU is 18-68 (.209). In 2013, Indiana State was 21-0 when leading after six innings of play.

Allowing Big Innings
Under head coach Rick Heller, the Sycamores are 87-29 (.750) when the team does not allow a three-run inning during a game. When Indiana State does allow their opponent to score at least three runs in one inning, Indiana State holds a 44-62 (.415) record.

Three Runs Or Less
The three-run plateau has been the breaking point for the Sycamores under head coach Rick Heller the last four seasons. When ISU has allowed three runs or less to their opponents, the team is 77-13 (.856) over the past four seasons. When opponents score four runs or more, ISU holds a 53-78 (.405) record.

Winning Ways
Indiana State posted their fifth straight winning season in 2013 and fourth straight under head coach Rick Heller. ISU’s last run of five consecutive winning seasons came during a 17-year run from 1977-1993. During Indiana State’s 17-year run from 1977 to 1993, the Sycamores posted a 675-354-7 record and made six NCAA appearances.

Moore Tosses Shutout Against SIU In MVC Tournament
Senior Devin Moore tossed his first complete game of the season and the Indiana State baseball team pitched their first shutout in the MVC Tournament since 2003 as the Sycamores moved into the semifinals behind a 5-0 shutout of Southern Illinois. The last shutout for ISU in the conference tournament was a 2-0 victory over Creighton in 2003. Moore was dominant against SIU in 2013, adding nine shutout innings against the Salukis during the regular season.

ISU’s 2013 Senior Class Never Posts A Losing Season
Indiana State’s 2013 senior class of Casey McCurdy, Devin Moore, Robby Ort, Jordan Pearson, Tyler Fehringer, Koby Kraemer and Taylor Shaw never saw a losing season in their respective time at ISU. The Sycamores finished 2013 with their fifth consecutive winning season.

Nationally-Ranked Opponents
Indiana State was 4-2 against nationally-ranked opponents in 2013, sweeping three games from No. 30 Creighton and splitting a pair of games with No. 28 Mercer.

4-2 Against The Big Ten Conference This Season
Indiana State was 4-2 against the Big Ten Conference in 2013 with five of those six games coming on the road. The Sycamores took two out of three games inside the Metrodome against Minnesota in mid-March before sweeping a home-and-home midweek series with Purdue over a six-day span in early April. Indiana State closed out their B1G schedule on April 24, falling 8-1 on the road at No. 17 Indiana.

Kraemer’s Grand Slam Highlights Series Win At Minnesota
Redshirt senior Koby Kraemer hit a grand slam in the sixth inning inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, sending the Sycamores to a 9-4 win in the rubber match on Sunday, March 17. Indiana State earned a 2-1 victory on Friday night against the Golden Gophers as junior Sean Manaea pitched his first complete game at Indiana State with nine strikeouts and made a game-saving tag at home plate to end the game. Kraemer’s grand slam against the Golden Gophers was the first for the Sycamores since Landon Curry cleared the bases against Ball State on March 28, 2012.

Weather Problems In 2013
The Sycamores lost nine games in 2013 due to poor spring weather. Included in those nine games were two entire weekends that had to be cancelled, March 1-3 at Eastern Kentucky and April 26-28 at UT Martin. Below is a quick look at Indiana State’s problems with Mother Nature.

February 27 – game cancelled at Austin Peay, rescheduled to March 12
March 1-3 – weekend cancelled at Eastern Kentucky
March 6 – game cancelled vs. Indiana
March 9-10 – team removes snow from the field on Thursday and Friday, Sunday’s games moved to Saturday for tripleheader with South Dakota State and Mercer
March 19 – game vs. Austin Peay moved up from March 20 to avoid freezing temperatures
April 16 – game cancelled vs. Butler
April 26-28 – weekend cancelled at UT Martin
May 4  ISU and UE play through steady rain before game is postponed in the seventh
May 5  ISU and UE return on Sunday to finish game two, game three is cancelled

ISU Named Tournament Host For 2014 MVC Baseball Championship
Indiana State University and Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium will be the host for the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship, MVC commissioner Doug Elgin announced on May 16. The eight-team tournament will be held on May 20-24, 2014. Indiana State last hosted the MVC Tournament during the 1982 season.

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