CARBONDALE, Ill. – The game was scoreless until the 13th inning and that proved to be unlucky for the Sycamores as Southern Illinois topped Indiana State 2-1 on a walk-off single Friday night in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
The Sycamores left 15 runners on base and could not convert on eight of nine scoring opportunities in the game. Indiana State (21-10, 5-5 MVC) has now lost three straight for the first time this season and had their three game MVC winning streak snapped with the setback. The Sycamores and Salukis (18-15, 3-4 MVC) will square off again at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday and again at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
It was a pitching master piece by Indiana State junior left hander David Stagg who threw a no-hit shutout through nine innings but did not get the decision. Stagg had eight strikeouts and allowed just three base runners on three walks and a hit batter.
Freshman Ryan Keaffaber (0-1) took over in the 10th and was charged with the loss in allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking three.
Southern Illinois starter Sam Coonrod was almost as impressive as Stagg as he shut out Indiana State on three hits while striking out nine and walking four in eight innings of work. Kyle Pauly worked the next three innings (two hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts) and Kyle Pruemer 1.2 innings (one run, three hits, no strikeouts, two walks). Derek Fogel threw just one pitch but got the win.
Indiana State broke the scoreless drought in the top of the 13th inning. The Sycamores loaded the bases with one out as Jeff Zahn walked, Manuel Estevez singled, and Brian Romero walked. Derek Hannahs followed with a sacrifice hit that allowed Zahn to score but Indiana State could not push over another run as Curry flew out to left to end the threat.
It wasn’t enough for the Sycamores however as the Salukis scored twice in the bottom half of the 13th. Tyler Rolland singled with one out and Donny Duschinsky walked before Jake Welch singled into right center to score Rolland with the tying run. Ryan Rosthenhausler followed with a game winning single to score Duschinsky.
Indiana State scored a run on eight hits, all singles. Landon Curry had two singles to lead the offense with Cody Zimmerman, Jacob Hayes, Mike Fitzgerald, Tyler Wampler, Manuel Estevez, and Connor McClain each hitting one single.