TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Neither the Indiana State nor Eastern Kentucky baseball teams plated a run through the first five innings on Friday night, but the Sycamores broke the game wide open in the final three frames to take the series opener with the Colonels by a 10-3 score on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium in front of 276 fans.
ISU junior Colin Rea (4-1) and EKU starter Matt Fyffe (0-3) allowed just five combined hits in the first five innings, but the Sycamores scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to run away with the contest.
Senior Adam Richart and junior Lucas Hileman worked a pair of walks to begin the sixth, before junior Kyle Burnam loaded the bases with a perfectly placed bunt past the pitcher towards shortstop. Sophomore Robby Ort gave ISU the lead when he came up next, roping a single to right field to bring Richart home. Juniors Ryan Walterhouse and Jon Hedges both tallied RBIs later in the inning as ISU batted around to take a 5-0 lead.
The Sycamores (7-9) made it 7-0 in the seventh, as Ort crushed a pitch into the right-center field gap to sore Burnam from first. Ort scored later in the inning when sophomore Koby Kraemer reached on a throwing error from short.
After the Colonels (6-11) scored once in the eighth, ISU plated three more of their own in the bottom of the frame, as junior Patrick Foster, Hileman and Burnam all picked up RBIs.
Rea came back to the mound in the ninth in search of ISU's second complete game of the season, but gave up three hits and walk before leaving the game with two outs in the inning. Junior Brandon Flora came out of the bullpen to record the final out of the game on a flyout to centerfield. Rea allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) over 8.2 innings on the mound, striking out four and walking a pair on 107 pitches.
It was a balanced attack at the plate on Friday, as Hileman, Burnam, Ort and senior Levi Ferguson all tallied a pair of hits, with Ort leading the way with two RBIs.
The Sycamores and Colonels return to the field on Saturday for the second game of their three-game series. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. with ISU sending senior Jason Van Skike (2-1, 4.07 ERA) to the mound against EKU's southpaw Kyle McGrath (2-0, 7.31 ERA). The game can be heard live on 89.7 FM WISU.