ANTONIO, Texas - For the second straight day, the Indiana
State baseball team rallied from an early deficit to pick up a victory at the
2012 Irish Classic, using a two-out two-run triple by redshirt junior Koby Kraemer in the 10th inning to pick up a 6-4 extra-inning victory
over tournament-host Notre Dame on Saint Patrick's Day.
Indiana State wins their 10th straight game, pushing their overall record to 15-4. Notre Dame falls to 10-6 with the loss.
The Sycamores put plenty of runners on base in the early innings against the Fighting Irish, but could not score in the first five innings of play. ISU tallied seven hits in the first five innings, but left eight runners on base as UND took a 3-0 lead after five innings of action.
Junior Ryan Torgerson set down the first nine batters he faced, allowing Notre Dame's first runner in the fourth inning. Ryan Bull singled to lead off the fourth, scoring three batters later on a sacrifice fly by cleanup hitter Trey Mancini. The Fighting Irish went up 3-0 nothing with two runs in the fifth, tallying four hits in the frame.
Indiana State began their rally in the sixth, using three hits to score two runs. Senior Jon Hedges led off the inning with a single down the line that hit the third base bag, moving over to third on a single into the right-center field gap by fellow senior Ryan Walterhouse. Sophomore Tyler Wampler picked up an RBI with a double down the left field line, before a sacrifice bunt by freshman Landon Curry added another run as Walterhouse crossed the plate.
The Sycamores took the lead in the seventh inning, scoring two more runs. Junior Jeremy Lucas hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season with one out in the inning, sending a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall to tie the score at 3-3. Senior Kyle Burnam followed with a double to the right field wall, moving to third on a single by Hedges and scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Walterhouse.
Notre Dame rallied in the ninth to tie the score at 4-4, forcing extra innings after being down to their last strike. A leadoff hit and wild pitch put Alex Robinson at second base, before redshirt sophomore Tyler Browning recorded a pair of strikeouts. Frank DeSico drove in the game-tying run with a two-strike single into the right-center field gap to send the game into the 10th.
ISU looked like it would go quickly in the top of the 10th inning, as both junior Jordan Pearson and senior Jeff Miera recorded outs on the first pitch of their at-bats. Wampler beat out an infield single to short with an 0-2 count to keep ISU alive in the 10th, moving to second when senior Lucas Hileman drew a full-count walk. That brought Kraemer to plate to provide the heroics, as the redshirt junior slammed an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-center gap, the ball dropping on the warning track and off the glove of a diving Robinson coming from centerfield. Kraemer raced all the way to third on the play, plating Wampler and Hileman for the 6-4 ISU lead.
Senior Reggie Hochstedler came in to pitch the bottom of 10th, allowing a leadoff single before recording the next three outs for his second save of the season.
Torgerson went six innings on Saturday, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore Kurt Kudrecki went 1.2 innings, striking out one batter. Senior Chris Machado got ISU out of a two-out jam in the eighth before Browning (1-0) came on in the ninth and recorded a pair of strikeouts. Hochstedler earned the save in the 10th.
Hedges led ISU with three hits, while Kraemer with 2-for-6 with a pair of RBIs. Lucas was 2-for-5 with a solo home run.
Indiana State and Notre Dame take the field again on Sunday in the final game of the Irish Classic, with first pitch set for 12:00 p.m. (ET), 11:00 a.m. locally in San Antonio.