- Junior starting pitcher Dakota Bacus threw his second complete-game shutout
of the season, striking out a career-high 13 Evansville batters in a 2-0
victory over the Purple Aces on Friday night at Braun Stadium.
Indiana State (18-4, 1-0 MVC) has now won 13 straight games, matching their streak from the 2003 season for the third longest in school history. The 1985 ISU baseball team holds the school record with 17 consecutive wins while the 1987 squad won 16 in a row.
The Sycamores took the lead in the fourth inning, using singles from freshman Landon Curry and redshirt junior Koby Kraemer and a walk by junior Robby Ort to load the bases with no outs. Junior Jeremy Lucas brought Curry home with a sacrifice fly to right field when he came up next, as ISU took a 1-0 lead.
ISU doubled their lead in the seventh, getting a leadoff triple from Ort off the right-center field wall before Lucas brought him home with a double off the left field wall.
Bacus (4-1) rolled through the first eight innings, allowing just five baserunners all with two outs. In the ninth, Bacus struck out the first two batters he faced before UE's Kyle Pollack and Kevin Kaczmarski drew back-to-back walks with two outs. Evansville (14-8, 0-1 MVC) sent pinch-hitter Nate Snellgrove to the plate with two on and two outs, but Bacus forced a flyout to center on the first pitch of the at-bat to end the game.
Bacus, a junior from Moline, Ill., and Southeastern Community College, struck out a career-high 13 batters on Friday night, the most for an ISU pitcher since Michael Manus fanned 14 against Murray State in 2008. The ISU hurler scattered four hits for the game on 128 pitches, recording 22 of the 27 outs for the game with either a strikeout or a groundout.
Bacus also threw a complete-game shutout against Western Illinois on Feb. 24 in the opening game of the 2012 Bulldog Classic, allowing just two hits in a 1-0 victory.
Lucas and senior Kyle Burnam each picked up two hits, with Lucas driving in both runs. Lucas tops the roster this season with 29 RBIs.
Evansville's Cole Isom (1-3) took the loss on Friday, but pitched well in a complete-game effort of his own. The UE sophomore southpaw allowed nine hits with five strikeouts on 114 pitches.
Indiana State and Evansville will be back on the field at Braun Stadium on Saturday, with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m. (ET). ISU will send sophomore left-hander Sean Manaea (2-1, 5.17 ERA) to the mound against UE's Kyle Lloyd (3-1, 2.88 ERA), a junior right-handed pitcher.