The Sycamores jumped out in front 2-0 after just one inning of play. Brian Ramirez tripled off the centerfield wall with just one out and scored the first ISU run when Chris Schmidt grounded out to second base.
Brady Shoemaker drew a walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch that was also ball four to Nick Ciolli. David Brumagin then hit a single into left center that scored Shoemaker with the second Sycamore run.
ISU pushed their way back in front with a pair of runs in the fifth. Chris Schmidt opened the inning with a single and stole second but was out at third as Brady Shoemaker hit into a fielder’s choice. Nick Ciolli followed with a single and both scored on Brian Jett’s two-out triple to right center.
The Sycamores were able to take advantage of two Panther errors in the bottom of the sixth to score four runs. Osborne reached on an error and went to second on Strausborger’s single.
Osborne was out at third as Ramirez tried to bunt down the third base line but the ball went to far and made Osborne an easy out at third. Walks to Shoemaker and Ciolli forced in one run with three more scoring on a single to right by Brumagin.
Eastern picked up a pair of runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-4 but then the Sycamores came back, picking up those two plus one more on a three run blast over the right centerfield fence by Brian Jett. Schmidt had led off the inning with a single, stole second and, after Shoemaker walked, both advanced on a double steal ahead of Jett’s home run.
The Panthers picked up two more in the top of the ninth on back-to-back home runs by Zach Skidmore and Tristan Facer off ISU reliever Brendon Smith. Skidmore belted a Smith offering over the right field fence and Facer knocked the next pitch over the left field fence.
Nathan Inman came on for the Sycamores and stopped the Panther rally.
Brian Jett had five RBIs on the night with a three run home run and a two-run double. Ryan Strausborger had three singles, Brian Ramirez a triple and a single, Chris Schmidt and David Brumagin two singles each and Bronco Lafrenz had one single.
Michael Manus started on the mound and was relieved by Brian Oliver in the third. Oliver earned his first win of the season against three losses, allowing four runs on 12 hits over six innings of work.