- The Indiana State baseball team was no-hit for the first nine innings on
Saturday, but picked up a 2-0 victory in 12 innings over the Creighton Bluejays inside TD
Ameritrade Park on a two-run single with two outs by senior Jon Hedges.
The win clinches the series for the Sycamores, their second straight series win over the Bluejays in Omaha. Indiana State stands at 26-6 overall and 6-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference heading into Sunday's nationally televised series finale with Creighton (13-15, 1-7 MVC) on ESPNU and ESPN3.com at 4:00 p.m. (ET).
Just like Friday's game, things did not start well for the Sycamores, as the Bluejays loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning off sophomore Sean Manaea. Again, however, ISU was able to work out of the jam with allowing any runs, as Manaea fielded a line drive to cut down the runner heading home before striking out the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Creighton's Erik Mattingly was spectacular on Saturday, tossing nine no-hit innings to keep Indiana State off the scoreboard. ISU's only baserunners through nine frames came when junior Jeremy Lucas was hit by a pitch in the first inning and redshirt junior Koby Kraemer reached on an error in the third.
Manaea was equally impressive, allowing just five hits over nine innings with eight strikeouts. Neither ISU nor CU tallied a hit from innings five through eight.
The Bluejays had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Creighton put a runner in scoring position on Alex Staehely's one-out double to left. Mike Gerber came up next and singled through the middle of the infield, but senior Lucas Hileman came up firing and cut down Staehely at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
Indiana State tallied their first hit of the day in the 10th inning, when junior Robby Ort dropped a single into the left-center field gap, before Hedges put runners on the corners with another single to left. CU reliever Reese McGraw was able to induce a popup from Kraemer to end ISU's first rally of the game.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the 12 th inning, when Hileman led off the frame with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Kyle Burnam and a passed ball moved Hileman to third, Lucas put runners on the corners with a walk. Ort dropped down a squeeze bunt in an attempt to score Hileman when he came up next, but Hileman was caught in a run-down, evading a tag long enough to allow Lucas to reach third and Ort to second. Hedges provided all the offense after that, sending a 1-2 pitch just passed the outstretched glove of Jake Peter at second base for a two-run single to right.
Seniors Brandon Dorsett and Reggie Hochstedler (2-0) pitched the final three innings in relief, allowing just one baserunner combined.
Indiana State looks for the series sweep on Sunday, as junior right-hander Ryan Torgerson (5-0, 2.16 ERA) heads to the mound for the Sycamores against fellow right-hander Shane Liska (0-1, 2.25 ERA) for the Bluejays. The game can be seen live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com at 4:00 p.m. (ET).