HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team fell in
their series finale on Sunday, as the visiting Wichita State Shockers scored four
runs in the third inning and never looked back en route to an 8-2 victory on
Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Indiana State (36-12, 10-5 MVC) took the opening two games of the weekend to earn the series win, their 11th consecutive on the season and fifth in Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU is the only team in the league that has not dropped a conference series this season.
Wichita State (29-22, 7-8 MVC) took advantage of a pair of errors in the third inning, plating four runs in the frame and three with two outs. Three of the four runs in the inning were also unearned. The Shockers made it 6-0 in the sixth inning, capping a two-out rally with a two-run triple by Taylor Doggett.
The Sycamores got on the board in the bottom half of the sixth inning, cutting the WSU lead to 6-2. Sophomore Owen Conway got the inning going with a one-out single to left, scoring when junior Jeremy Lucas doubled into the left-center field gap. With Lucas on second base and junior Rob Ort at the plate, WSU catcher Tyler Baker caught Lucas straying too far away from the bag and cut him down with a strong throw to second base. The out proved costly, as Ort smashed a solo home run down the right field line during his at-bat, his second straight game with a home run and seventh shot of the season.
The Shockers tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning and Albert Minnis threw three strong innings out of the WSU bullpen to earn his first save of the season.
Junior Ryan Torgerson (7-2) started for ISU and took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings with four strikeouts. A.J. Ladwig (4-1) picked up the win for the Shockers, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings.
Conway led ISU with a pair of hits, while Lucas and Ort each drove in one run. ISU falls one-half game behind Missouri State (10-4 MVC) in the league standings.
Indiana State plays their next five games on the road, beginning with a midweek trip to Indianapolis on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to face Butler. The Sycamores play their final MVC road series next weekend, taking the field on Friday through Sunday in Carbondale, Ill., against Southern Illinois.