TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - For the second straight game, the Indiana State University baseball team allowed just three hits to their opponents en route to winning a game. On Wednesday, seven Sycamores combined for a three-hitter, but on Friday night junior Jacob Petricka did it all, tossing eight innings on the mound to defeat the Wichita State University Shockers, 2-0, at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium in front of 514 fans.
Petricka was dominant from the opening inning on Friday, throwing 118 pitches and striking out nine WSU batters, with just three hits allowed and four walks. Freshman closer Tyler Browning entered in the ninth inning and sealed the Sycamore victory by striking out the side in the final frame for his sixth save of the season.
Wichita State starter Jordan Cooper also pitched well, allowing nine ISU hits and two runs while tossing all eight innings in a complete-game loss.
The Sycamores (22-9, 4-3 MVC) broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning on a pair of two-out hits. Senior Ryan Strausborger began the rally with a two-out single through the right side of the infield, extending his season-high hit streak to 16 games. Strausborger would steal second base while on the bases and move to third when Cooper's delivery to the plate would get away from WSU catcher Chris O'Brien. Sophomore Kyle Burnam broke the scoreless tie by beating out a single to the Shocker third baseman Nate Goro.
Indiana State tallied its only other run of the game in the following inning for a 2-0 lead. Freshman Jake Hartley laced a pitch into the left-center field gap for a triple with one-out and would score when senior Tyler Graham hit ISU's 27th sacrifice fly of the season to left field.
The Shockers (21-12, 7-3 MVC) threatened in the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs before Petricka forced a lineout to Strausborger to end the rally and the inning.
Hartley, fellow freshman Robby Ort and senior Grant Grgurich all tallied two hits at the plate for the Sycamores, with Burnam and Graham both picking up RBIs. Strausborger tallied a steal in the fifth inning for his 24th steal of the season, his eighth straight game with a stolen base.
The Sycamores and Shockers play the second game of their series on Saturday, with senior Joe Rodriguez (3-1, 4.91 ERA) facing off against Tim Kelley (5-1, 4.25 ERA). First pitch between ISU and WSU is set for 2:00 p.m. and can be heard live on ESPN Radio AM 1130 & 1300.