- The Indiana State baseball team held off another late-inning rally from the
Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Sunday, winning the series finale 11-10 at Turkey
Hughes Field in Richmond, Ky.
Indiana State improves to 6-4 on the season, while Eastern Kentucky falls to 3-7.
The Sycamores got on the board in the top of the first on Sunday, as freshman Landon Curry was hit by a pitch to start the game before senior Kyle Burnam reached with a bunt single. With two runners on, junior Jeremy Lucas sent a pitch over the left-center field wall for a three-run home run, his third of the season.
Senior Jon Hedges made it 4-0 ISU in the third inning with a solo home run to right-center, but EKU cut the lead in half on a two-run home run by senior Richie Rodriguez in the bottom of the inning.
After the Colonels tallied another run in the fourth inning, the Sycamores came back with six of their own in the top of the sixth inning, taking a 10-3 lead. Burnam and Lucas led off the frame with back-to-back walks, before junior Robby Ort hit his third home run of the season with a three-run shot to right-center. Hedges made it back-to-back homers for ISU, hitting his third of the season and second of the afternoon when he came up next. With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, Burnam singled through the right side of the infield for ISU's final two runs of the frame, scoring senior Patrick Foster and sophomore Tyler Wampler.
EKU came back with two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, with three of the runs coming off the bat of Rodriguez. The EKU senior hit a solo home run in the seventh before going deep for the third time with a two-run shot in the eighth.
Indiana State picked up what would turn out to be a key insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, as Ort led off the final inning with a double, scoring when Hedges singled through the right side of the infield.
The Sycamores took an 11-7 lead into the ninth and looked to make quick work in the inning as redshirt sophomore Tyler Browning set down the first two batters he faced on a groundout and a strikeout. The Colonels began their rally with a single from Alex Hughes before A.J. Jamison brought Hughes home with an RBI double. Austin Grishman came up next and singled, moving Jamison to third and chasing Browning from the game. Junior Devin Moore came out of the bullpen for ISU to face Rodriguez, who tallied his fourth hit of the game with a two-run double to left-center. After Moore hit Jacob Daniel to put the winning run on base, senior Brandon Dorsett closed out the game for his first save of the season, catching Bryan Soloman looking to end the game.
The top five batters in the ISU lineup (Curry, Burnam, Lucas, Ort and Hedges) combined to go 11-for-20 at the plate with four home runs, nine runs scored and all 11 runs batted in. Ort and Lucas each hit a three-run home run while Hedges hit two solo shots and picked up three RBIs. Burnam went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Curry went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Rodriguez had a big afternoon for the Colonels, going 4-for-6 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Junior Ryan Torgerson (2-0) started the game and picked up the victory on the mound for ISU, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings with one strikeout.
Indiana State plays their first game of the season at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium this week, opening a six-game homestand on Tuesday. The Sycamores play a pair of midweek games, facing Eastern Illinois on Tuesday before hosting in-state rival Indiana on Wednesday. First pitch for both games is set for 3:00 p.m.