TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State offense put up 14 runs on 16 hits and junior Colin Rea allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Sycamores rolled to a 14-0 victory over the Rockhurst Hawks to complete the three-game series sweep.
The Sycamores have won four straight games overall to improve their record to 15-10 on the season, including eight straight played on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium. The loss dropped the Hawks to 9-11 on the year.
ISU scored two runs with two outs in the first inning, coming on a single to right field by junior Jon Hedges and a double into the right field corner by junior Kyle Burnam. After a scoreless second inning, the Sycamores used a sacrifice fly by sophomore Koby Kraemer and a double down the left field line by Hedges to double their lead to 4-0 after three innings.
The Sycamores broke the game open in the fourth inning, knocking four extra-base hits to tally six runs in the frame. All of ISU's damage in the inning came with two outs, as senior Adam Richart got the rally going with a double down the left field line. After junior Lucas Hileman drew a walk, both runners came around to score as Kraemer laced a triple into the left-center field gap. After a fielding miscue allowed Hedges to reach first base and Kraemer to score, Burnam tallied his first home run of the season with a shot to right field to give ISU a 10-0 lead.
Indiana State capped the afternoon with four more runs in the sixth inning, once again all coming with two outs. Burnam reached base with a single through the middle of the infield, bringing redshirt freshman Jacob Weinzapfel to the plate. Weinzapfel tallied his first career hit at ISU with a single to right field and advanced all the way to third when the ball skipped under the fielder's glove in right, allowing Burnam to score from first. Freshman Owen Conway replaced Weinzapfel at third when came up next, picking up an RBI with a triple into the right-center field gap. Junior Jeff Miera and Richart followed with RBIs on a single and a double, respectively, as ISU ended the sixth with a 14-0 lead.
Junior Colin Rea (5-1) finished off the seventh inning on the mound, picking up the victory with a complete game shutout. Rea allowed just a single with one out in the first inning, while striking out three and walking three on 90 pitches. No more than four batters came to the plate in one inning for the Hawks, as Rea set down the final 13 batters on the afternoon.
Burnam led ISU with three hits on Friday, while also tying Kraemer for the team-lead with three runs batted in. The Sycamores set a season-high with 11 extra-base hits, coming on six doubles, four triples and a home run. For the second time this season, ISU fell one triple short of tying the single-game school record of five, set back on April 23, 1983, against Bradley.
The Sycamores play a pair of in-state games during the midweek next week, when they travel to Valparaiso on Tuesday before hosting Ball State on Wednesday. First pitch against the Crusaders is set for 4:00 p.m. (ET), while the Sycamores host the Cardinals at 6:00 p.m. at home on Wednesday. Head basketball coach Greg Lansing will be in attendance on Wednesday, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch as ISU honors the Indiana State men's basketball team for their Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Postgame recap with head coach Rick Heller: