BUFFALO, N.Y. – Indiana State took control late in the game and avoided being swept in a weekend series for the first time this season as they defeated the Canisius College Golden Griffins 8-4 in non-conference action Sunday.
Indiana State (25-12) returns home to host the Purdue Boilermakers at 6 p.m. (ET) Tuesday on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium. Canisius College fell to 22-14 on the season.
Kurt Kudrecki started on the mound for Indiana State but last just 2.2 innings as he gave up four runs on six hits while striking out none and walking two. Ryan Keaffaber took over in the third and went the rest of the way to record his second win of the win. Keaffaber (2-1) was also the winner pitcher in a mid-week game at Eastern Illinois. The freshman shut out the Griffins and did not give up a hit while striking out four and walking one.
Indiana State took their first lead in the series in the top of the first inning, scoring twice on two hits. Landon Curry led off the inning by beating out an infield single to second base. He went to second on a passed ball before Cody Zimmerman reached on a walk. Jacob Hayes popped out to short and then Mike Fitzgerald walked to load the bases.
Michael Eberle picked up his 12th RBI of the season as he grounded out and Curry scored from third. Connor McClain singled to right to score Zimmerman but Fitzgerald was out at third on the relay to end the inning.
That lead did not last long as Canisius sent 10 batters to the plate in the first and scored four runs on four hits.
The Sycamores got one back in the second as Tyler Wampler led off by beating out an infield hit, stealing second and going to third as Derek Hannahs singled to left. Wampler was able to score as Curry pout down a perfect safety squeeze bunt down the first base line.
Indiana State regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning with four runs coming across on just one hit. Hannahs led off the inning with a double, went to third as Curry grounded out to the pitcher, and then beat the throw home off a hit to the shortstop by Zimmerman to score the tying run. Hayes was hit by a pitch and Fitzgerald walked as Indiana State loaded the bases. Eberle picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch while Wampler and Zahn each walked with two outs to force in two more runs as the Sycamores went up 7-4.
The final Indiana State run came in the top of the ninth as McClain led off with a walk, advanced to second on Wampler sacrifice bunt and scored as Zahn drove a single deep in to the left field corner.
The Sycamores scored eight runs on 10 hits with Hannahs leading the way with the only extra base hit of the day by either team (a double) to go along with two singles in five trips to the plate. Curry had two singles, and Fitzgerald, Eberle, McClain, Wampler, and Zahn had a single each.