TERRE HAUTE, IND. - The Indiana State Sycamores scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and shut down the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in the final two innings to post a 5-3 non-conference win at Bob Warn Field Friday.
It was the fourth straight win for the Sycamores who improved to 9-4 on the season while the Skyhawks fell to 3-11. The two teams will meet again at 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday with the final game of the series scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
Brandon Dorsett picked up his first win of the season in relief of Josh Negele who had relieved ISU starter Dakota Bacus in the seventh. Reggie Hochstedler picked up his first save of the season. Taylor Cox was charged with the loss for the Skyhawks.
Bacus worked his way out of bases loaded situation with no outs in the top of the fourth with a pair of strike outs and a ground out to end the inning. Indiana State then tacked on another run in the bottom half of the inning on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Casey McCurdy that scored Kyle Burnam from third.
Indiana State increased their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Lucas Hileman scored on a throwing error by the Skyhawks Mills.
Negele relieved Bacus in the top half of the seventh and struggled on the mound, giving up three runs on three hits. Dorsett came on with two outs and got UTM's Ben Cambell to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Sycamore regained the lead in the bottom half of the seventh as Indiana State took advantage of an error and a passed ball that scored Jeremy Lucas from third base. Ryan Walterhouse came in to pitch hit for McCurdy and singled to left scoring Jon Hedges from second.
Indiana State shut down the Skyhawks the rest of the way.
Kyle Burnham led the Sycamores at the plate with a pair of singles while Landon Curry, Koby Kraemer, Robby Ort, Jeremy Lucas, Jon Hedges, Ryan Walterhouse, Lucas Hileman, and Tyler Wampler each hit a single.
Bacus worked six innings in shutting out the Skyhawks on six hits while striking out six and walking two. Negele worked two-thirds of an inning as he gave up three runs on three hits while striking out one and walking one. Dorsett worked a third of an inning and walked one while Hochstedler went two innings as he shut out the Skyhawks on one hit while striking out two and walking one.
The Sycamores had five runs on 10 hits with one error while leaving 12 men on base in the game. Tennessee-Martin had three runs on 10 hits with three errors while also leaving 12 men on base