TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State recorded their fourth win of the season over a Big Ten Conference opponent as they took control early and sailed to a 10-3 victory over the visiting Purdue Boilermakers on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium Tuesday.
Indiana State (26-12) will be back on the road Wednesday as they make one of their shortest road trips of the season in travelling to Indianapolis where they will take on the Butler Bulldogs (16-22) at Victory Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET) and tickets are still available at Victory Field.
Trent Lunsford started on the hill for Indiana State and went four complete innings and retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before running into trouble in the fifth. He was charged with two runs on one hit while striking out one and walking three before leaving the game.
Nick Kolarik made his 20th appearance of the season as he took over with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth, finishing the game to improve to 4-1 on the season by allowing just one run on four hits while striking out one and walking one.
The Sycamores took control in the second inning when they scored six runs on four hits. Connor McClain and Tyler Wampler reached after each was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Jeff Zahn and Derek Hannahs each singled to drive in a run each and Landon Curry walked to load up the bases. Cody Zimmerman also walked to score the third Sycamore run of the inning.
Jacob Hayes kept the offense going with a single up the middle that scored more runs and Indiana State had a 5-0 lead without recording an out. Michael Eberle doubled in the final run as the Boilermakers were able to retire the side on three deep fly balls to the outfield.
Purdue was able to score a pair of runs in the fifth but could not get any more across despite having the bases loaded. The Boilermakers would only be able to add one more run, that in the eighth.
Meanwhile, Indiana State came up with their seventh run of the game in the fifth as Wampler reached on an infield single, advanced third on Zahn’s double to left, and scored as Hannahs grounded out to the shortstop.
That was not all the scoring for Indiana State as the Sycamores pushed three more across in the bottom of the seventh all with two outs. Hannahs singled through the right side with two outs and went to second on a wild pitch before Curry and Zimmerman each walked to load the bases. Hayes singled up the middle to score one run and Mike Fitzgerald singled to center to score the final two Indiana State runs.
The Sycamores scored 10 runs on 12 hits. Jacob Hayes and Jeff Zahn were both 3-for-5 on the night with each hitting a double and two singles. Derek Hannahs had two singles while Michael Eberle had a double, and Landon Curry, Mike Fitzgerald, and Tyler Wampler had a single each.