HAUTE, Ind. - In a game that featured 28 hits, 21 runs
and five home runs, the Indiana State baseball team outlasted the visiting
Indiana Hoosiers on a windy Wednesday at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium,
topping the Hoosiers 13-8.
Indiana State improves to 8-4 on the season with the victory, their eighth victory in their last nine games. Indiana falls to 3-8 on the season with the loss.
What most likely was the softest hit off an Indiana State bat for the entire afternoon gave the Sycamores an early 1-0 lead on Wednesday, as junior Jeremy Lucas brought home senior Kyle Burnam with a single to right field with two outs in the first inning. Lucas skied the pitch down the right field line, but the ball got caught in the 30 mile per hour wind blowing towards left field and dropped into shallow right field in between a pair of Indiana fielders to score Burnam who hustled in from first base.
Indiana took the lead in the top of the second inning, coming on a three-run home run to left field by freshman Chris Sujka. IU would extend their lead to 4-1 in the top of the third inning on a two-out single through the left side of the infield by sophomore Dillon Dooney.
ISU chipped two runs off the IU lead in the third, using back-to-back one-out singles by freshman Landon Curry and redshirt junior Koby Kraemer to get on base before Lucas brought both home with a two-out single to right.
The Sycamores regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs in the frame to take a 7-4 advantage. Sophomore Tyler Wampler, Curry, Kraemer and junior Robby Ort tallied four straight RBIs in the inning.
After the Hoosiers score an unearned run in the top of the fifth, ISU responded with three runs of their own to go up 10-5 after the fifth inning. Indiana State's three runs in the fifth came on home runs, with senior Jon Hedges leading off the frame with a solo shot before Wampler hit his first career home run with a two-run shot to left with two outs.
ISU would tack on a single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, using a single from Burnam in the sixth, a solo home run from junior Casey McCurdy in the seventh and a bunt single by Burnam in the eighth to score runs. The Sycamores scored runs in seven of their eight innings at the plate on Wednesday, only going scoreless in the second.
Eight pitchers took the mound for Indiana State on Wednesday, with sophomore Kurt Kudrecki (1-0) earning the victory by tossing 2.2 innings of relief.
Lucas and Wampler both brought home three runs while at the plate, with Lucas leading the way with three hits.
Indiana State continues their six-game homestand this weekend, hosting UT Martin on Friday through Sunday at Bob Warn Field. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.