SHREVEPORT, La. - The Indiana State University baseball team moved to 3-0 on the season with a weekend sweep of Texas Southern University at Shehee Stadium on the campus of Centenary College in Shreveport, La. ISU took game one, 17-6, and game two, 8-4.
In game one, the Sycamores put runs on the board in five on six innings they batted and cruised to a 17-6 victory over the Tigers. ISU tallied five runs in each of the first two innings, one in the third, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth to back starting pitcher Joe Rodriguez (1-0) who tossed four innings while striking out two batters.
At the plate, the Sycamores were led by senior second baseman Ryan Strausborger, junior first baseman Phil Liniger and senior center fielder Levi Ferguson, who all notched three hits in game one. Sophomore left fielder Kyle Burnam led the Sycamores with three RBI.
In game two, the Sycamores fell behind for the first time in the 2010 season, but came from behind to grab an 8-4 win and a series sweep over the Tigers.
Indiana State took an early lead when Burnam drove in freshman right fielder Robby Ort with a double into the left field corner. Burnam would move to third on a lineout by freshman catcher Jeremy Lucas and cross the plate when Ferguson grounded out to third base.
The Tigers would take their first lead of the series the following inning by plating three runs in the top of the third inning. The lead would not last long, however, as the Sycamores would tally single runs in the bottom of both the third and fourth innings to take a 4-3 lead.
ISU would increase its lead from one to three with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Sycamores loaded the bases with no outs and got a two RBI single from Strausborger to take a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning.
The Tigers tacked on one run in the top of the eighth, but ISU came back with two insurance runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach at 8-4.
Jason Van Skike came into the game in relief of Blake Drake and tossed 5.1 innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just three TSU hits to pitch up the victory for the Sycamores.
The 3-0 Sycamores head to Texas - San Antonio next weekend for four games on February 26 - 28.