HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team scored
all seven of their runs in the first five innings on Saturday and held off a
late rally from the visiting Tennessee Martin Skyhawks to win their fifth
straight game, 7-4 on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
The Sycamores improve to 10-4 on the season, winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Skyhawks drop to 3-12 overall.
Both ISU and UTM scored runs in the first inning on Saturday, with the Sycamores holding a 2-1 lead after one inning of action. Senior Chase Okey and junior Grant Glasser led off the game with back-to-back singles for the Skyhawks, with Okey scoring when senior Jordan Owen grounded into a double play. Freshman Landon Curry (double), redshirt junior Koby Kraemer (single) and junior Jeremy Lucas (single) loaded the bases for ISU to start their half of the inning, with Curry and Kraemer scoring on back-to-back sacrifice flies by seniors Jon Hedges and Kyle Burnam.
Indiana State posted three runs in the fourth inning, starting the rally with three consecutive extra-base hits. Senior Ryan Walterhouse skied the first pitch of his at-bat high over the left field fence, good for his first home run of the season. Junior Casey McCurdy and sophomore Owen Conway followed with back-to-back doubles, with Conway scoring two batters later when Curry pulled a pitch through the right side of the infield for a 5-1 ISU lead.
The Sycamores went up 7-1 in the fifth, with Burnam picking up an RBI before ISU took advantage of a UT Martin error with two outs to add another run.
The Skyhawks cut the ISU lead to 7-4 in the seventh, tallying three runs in the inning. UTM brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but sophomore Kurt Kudrecki forced a flyout to get the Sycamores out of the jam.
UT Martin got three hits and one run off ISU closer Tyler Browning in the ninth before head coach Rick Heller went back to his bullpen for freshman Kyle Rupe who forced a flyout to center to end the game.
Sophomore Sean Manaea (2-1) earned the victory, allowing 10 hits and four runs over 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. ISU's four pitchers on Saturday combined to strike out nine batters without giving up a free pass.
Lucas and McCurdy led the way at the plate, both picking up three hits. Lucas also drove in a pair of runs.
ISU looks for the series sweep on Sunday over UT Martin with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. from Bob Warn Field.