TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team tallied five doubles, four triples and a home run on a windy evening on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium, topping in-state rival Butler by a 15-3 score in front of 274 fans on Wednesday night.
The win was the fifth in a row for ISU, who now sits at 11-9 on the season while BU falls to 7-9.
Sophomore Koby Kraemer got the game going for the Sycamores with one out in the bottom of the first inning, lacing a triple into the right-center field gap. Fellow sophomore Robby Ort brought Kraemer home when he came up next with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Butler took the lead in the third inning, loading the bases with no outs thanks to a double, walk and a hit batter. BU's Michael Letzter put the Bulldogs in front with a bases-clearing double over the head of junior Lucas Hileman in center for a 3-1 Butler advantage.
The Sycamores regained the lead in the following inning, scoring four times on two swings of the bat. Kraemer tallied his second triple of the day to plate junior Jeff Miera and Hileman, slicing a pitch down the right field line. Ort followed Kraemer to the plate and hit a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence to give ISU a 6-3 lead. The home run was Ort's team-leading fifth of the season, tying his total that led the Sycamores in 2010 when the Newburgh, Ind., native was a freshman.
Indiana State put any hope of a late rally to rest in the seventh, scoring nine times on seven hits. Eight of ISU's nine batters reached during the inning, with Kraemer and Walterhouse both hitting two-RBI doubles to give ISU a 15-3 lead.
Senior Blake Drake started the game and lasted into the fourth inning, allowing three hits and three runs with a pair of strikeouts and walks. Freshman Josh Negele (1-0) earned his first victory at ISU, tossing a scoreless fifth inning. Junior Brandon Flora, senior Brett Merkley, junior Colin Rea, junior Chris Machado and junior Reggie Hochstedler all saw the mound for ISU on Wednesday.
Kraemer, Ort and Walterhouse led the ISU offensive attack, each tallying three hits at the plate. Kraemer and Ort both totaled four RBIs and scored three runs, as well.
The Sycamores hit four triples on Wednesday, with two coming from Kraemer and one each from Walterhouse and sophomore Jake Hartley. The ISU record for triples in a game is five, set on April 23, 1983, against Bradley.
The win also continues ISU's strangle hold on the series in recent years, as the Sycamores have won seven straight against the Bulldogs and 29 of the last 32 games played between the schools dating back to 1979.
Indiana State will take their five-game winning streak on the road this weekend, as the team travels to Champaign, Ill., for a three-game set with the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. First pitch on Friday is set for 4:00 p.m. (ET) and can be heard live on 89.7 FM WISU.
Postgame recap with head coach Rick Heller: