NEW ORLEANS – Indiana State broke away from a tight ballgame with four runs in the fifth inning and went on to post their eighth straight victory of the 2014 campaign with a 10-3 triumph over the New Orleans Privateers at Zephyr Stadium Saturday.
David Stagg (3-0) was the winning pitcher for the Sycamores as he went seven innings in allowing two runs while scattering nine hits, striking out eight and walking three. Josh Dove and Mike Hammel each worked an inning of relief.
Indiana State scored in the top of the first inning after Landon Curry singled, went to second on a balk and scored on an RBI single to right center by Jacob Hayes. The Privateers answered with a run in the bottom half of the first and the game remained tied for the next three innings.
The Sycamores took the lead for good in the fifth inning when they scored four runs on five hits. Curry and Cody Zimmerman each hit one-out singles and both scored when Hayes doubled into centerfield. Michael Eberle followed with an RBI single into right center which scored Hayes. Eberle went to second as Brian Romero grounded out and then scored on an RBI single to left from Derek Hannahs.
New Orleans was able to put one across the plate in the bottom of the fifth but the Privateers would not get any closer.
Indiana State racked up five runs on seven hits in the seventh inning to take a commanding 10-2 lead. Eberle got the offense rolling with a one out single and scoring on Romero’s triple down the right field line. Hannahs singled in Romero with Connor McClain and Jeff Zahn each hitting single which loaded the bases. A two-out single from Curry drove in the final two Sycamore runs.
The Sycamores had 10 runs on 16 hits with New Orleans limited to three runs on 10 hits.
Curry had four singles in six trips to the plate to pace the Sycamore offense while Eberle had a triple and two singles in four trips to the plate. Hayes had a double and a single, Zimmerman and Hannahs two singles each, Romero a triple, and Taylor Steen and McClain had a single each.
Indiana State (8-1) will wrap up the weekend series with New Orleans on Sunday with the first pitched scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET). The Sycamores are scheduled to host Eastern Illinois on Tuesday in their home opener but that contest is questionable with the incoming weather. Indiana State is also scheduled to host Western Illinois for a three-game series next weekend.