HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team picked up
their ninth midweek win, scoring four unanswered runs en route to a 6-4 victory
over the visiting Illinois Fighting Illini at Bob Warn Field.
The Sycamores (32-10) scored two runs in the first inning, as freshman Landon Curry, senior Kyle Burnam and junior Jeremy Lucas led off the game with three straight singles. Curry scored on Lucas' bunt single down the third base line as the pitcher's throw to first was wide of the bag. ISU plated their second run of the inning when junior Rob Ort grounded into a double play.
The Fighting Illini (22-18) took the lead in the top of the second inning, getting three hits and scoring four runs. UI scored three of their runs with two outs, as David Hendrickson brought home two runs with a triple before scoring on Thomas Lindauer's double.
Indiana State regained the lead for good in the sixth inning, tallying three runs with two outs. Curry brought redshirt junior Koby Kraemer across the plate with a single through the left side of the infield to bring ISU within one run, at 4-3. After a walk to Burnam, Lucas lined a pitch deep into the left-center field gap and off the wall for a two-run double and a 5-4 ISU lead.
The Sycamores tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning when Lucas' fly ball to left was dropped by Justin Parr, allowing Curry to score from second.
Illinois put the tying run on base in the top of the ninth inning, but the game ended with a play at the plate. UI's Willie Argo grounded a ball into the hole between second and third base that Kraemer fielded and threw low to second. Lindauer and junior Jordan Pearson arrived at the bag at the same time, but as the ball got away from Pearson, Will Krug attempted a score but was cut down at the plate on Pearson's throw to Lucas.
Freshman Kyle Rupe (6-0) earned the victory, allowing four runs in six innings with one strikeout. Sophomore Kurt Kudrecki, senior Reggie Hochstedler and junior Devin Moore combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, with Moore earning his second save of the season.
Curry, Burnam and Lucas all recorded two hits on Tuesday, with Lucas driving in a pair of runs.
Indiana State continues their 12-game homestand this weekend, hosting Nebraska-Omaha in a three-game set. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.