NEW ORLEANS – Indiana State posted their seventh straight win in dramatic fashion late Friday night as they turned back the home standing University of New Orleans Privateers 8-7 in a 14-inning marathon. This is the first of a three game series between the two teams with the Sycamores (7-1) and Privateers (3-5) meeting again at 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday.
Michael Eberle scored the winning for Indiana State in the top of the 14th inning after he was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second when Landon Curry walked. Erberle came around to score when Jacob Hayes hit in to a fielder’s choice that was misplayed by the UNO second baseman which allowed Eberle to score the game winning run.
Indiana State used seven pitchers on the night with freshman Austin Conway credited with the win in his first appearance of the season and Trent Lunsford earning his first save of the season. Kurt Kudrecki started on the mound and went 4.2 innings with A.J. McElderry working two innings, Josh Dove a third, Ryan Keaffaber 4.1 innings of relief, Nick Kolarik one inning, Conway two-thirds of an inning and Lunsford one inning.
The Sycamores combined to allow seven runs on 21 hits while striking out seven and walking six.
Indiana State scored four runs on two hits and two Privateer errors in the top of the first inning. Landon Curry led off by being hit with the first pitch of the game and scored on an RBI single to right by Jacob Hayes. Cody Zimmerman reached on a walk prior to Hayes’ double and scored when Brian Romero doubled to right center. Tyler Wampler reached on a fielder’s choice that got Hayes trying to score from third with Romero and Wampler both scoring as Connor McClain and Jeff Zahn each reached on Privateer errors.
New Orleans scored a run in the second and then pushed four across the plate in the third to take a 5-4 lead.
Indiana State regained the advantage in the sixth with a pair of runs scoring on an RBI single to left center by Cody Zimmerman. Zahn had led off the inning with a walk and advanced when Landon Curry reached on an error. Both runners also advanced a base on the error.
The Privateers came up with two more in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead from the Sycamores.
But Indiana State was able to answer in the top half of the ninth. Wampler reached on an error with two outs, Tony Roselli walked and Taylor Steen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wampler scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
Indiana State scored eight runs on 11 hits during the night. Zimmerman led the way with three singles in six trips to the plate while Romero had a double and a single, Hayes and Fitzgerald two singles each, and Wampler and Rosselli one single each.
The 21 hits given up by the Sycamore pitchers is the fourth most allowed by the Sycamores. Indiana State gave up 25 hits to the College of Charleston in 2008 which is the school record.
The Sycamores left 17 runners on base which is the third most in school history. Indiana State left 24 aboard against Valparaiso in 2012.
The 14 inning game is the longest for Indiana State since the Sycamores defeated Eastern Kentucky 1-0 in a 15 inning game played at Terre Haute in 2011.