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Courtesy: ISU Athletics
Sycamores Win 16-Inning Marathon Over Crusaders, 2-1
Courtesy:ISU Athletics

Danny Pfrank

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team went into extra innings for the fifth time in their last nine games on Tuesday night in Terre Haute, picking a 2-1 victory in four hours and 30 minutes and 16 innings over the visiting Valparaiso Crusaders from Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.

Indiana State (29-9) improves to 20 games over .500 for the second time this season, heading into their weekend matchup with 2011 NCAA Super Regional participant Dallas Baptist. Valparaiso falls to 15-20 on the season with the extra-inning loss.

The Sycamores had plenty of chances to put runs on the board in the first four innings, stranding 11 runners on base in the opening four innings of play. ISU scored a run in the third inning, as sophomore Tyler Wampler dropped a two-out single to center to plate junior Jeremy Lucas.

The Crusaders tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out single through the left side of the infield by Billy Cribbs. Valparaiso could have scored more in the inning, but senior Lucas Hileman threw out Chris Manning at the plate for the second out of the inning.

ISU and Valparaiso played 11 consecutive scoreless innings from the fifth to the 15
th, as the Crusaders and Sycamores both stranded 11 runners during the span. Indiana State left the bases loaded in five innings, while Valparaiso left the bags loaded on three occasions, as ISU stranded 24 runners for the game and Valparaiso left 17. ISU's 24 runners left on base tied for the most in NCAA history, statistics courtesy of Creighton SID Rob Anderson.

Hileman threw out his second runner of the game to keep the score tied at 1-1 in the 15
th inning, as he threw out John Loeffler to end the inning. In an interesting note, Hileman, Manning and Loeffler all played their summer collegiate baseball last season with the Terre Haute Rex.

Senior Kyle Burnam and Wampler drew back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the 16
th inning, bringing senior Jeff Miera to the plate. Miera dropped a bunt down the third base line, but Elliott Martin's throw to first base went high and down the right field line, allowing Burnam to score the game-winning run.

ISU sent eight pitchers to the mound, getting six innings from freshman Kyle Rupe in the start and 4.1 innings of one-hit work with three strikeouts from redshirt freshman Tyler Pazik. Sophomore Kurt Kudrecki (2-1) earned the win, forcing a flyout with the bases loaded to end the top half of the 16

Indiana State and Dallas Baptist begin the three-game series on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. from Terre Haute.

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