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Four-Run Eighth Inning Sends Sycamores To Series Win Over Shockers
Courtesy:ISU Athletics

Danny Pfrank

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State baseball team broke a 2-2 tie game in the eighth inning with four runs, sending the Sycamores to a 6-3 victory on Saturday over the visiting Wichita State Shockers from Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.

The win clinches the series for ISU, their 11
th straight on the season dating back to the four-game sweep of the 2012 Bulldog Classic on Feb. 24-26 and moves the Sycamores into a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with the Missouri State Bears at 10-4 in league play. The victory on Saturday is also the 100th for third-year head coach Rick Heller at Indiana State, as he becomes just the fifth head coach in ISU history to go over the century mark.

Indiana State (36-11) plated a run in the first inning, using a two-out single to left by senior Jon Hedges to take the early lead. ISU doubled their lead in the fifth, as redshirt junior Koby Kraemer hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate senior Kyle Burnam.

Sophomore southpaw Sean Manaea pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just four hits with striking out nine batters. Manaea also cut down a pair of runners at first base, pushing his team-leading total to six this season.

Wichita State (28-21, 6-8 MVC) rallied to tie the game in the eighth, getting a RBI single from Taylor Doggett and a sacrifice fly by Dayne Parker to knot the score at 2-2. Redshirt freshman Tyler Pazik got ISU out of the jam, inducing a groundout to Kraemer at third with a runner on second base.

The Sycamores scored their most runs in a single inning since plating four against Dallas Baptist on April 22, rallying for four runs with two outs in the eighth inning. Sophomore Tyler Wampler started the rally with a one-out single to left, moving to second on a swinging bunt by freshman Landon Curry. Junior Jordan Pearson came up next and grounded a pitch off the mound and up the middle of the infield that was fielded by Parker, but his throw to first was late and got away from WSU first baseman Casey Gillaspie, allowing an alert Wampler to score from third and put ISU in front 3-2. After junior Jeremy Lucas singled to center, fellow junior Rob Ort smashed his sixth home run of the season down the right field line as ISU went up 6-2 on the three-run home run.

Junior Devin Moore allowed one run on a pair of hits in the ninth, as Indiana State took game two 6-3 over Wichita State. Lucas and Hedges led ISU with two hits each, with Ort driving in three runs.

The Sycamores claimed their fifth straight MVC series on Saturday, as ISU has now knocked off Evansville, Illinois State, Creighton, Bradley and Wichita State. Indiana State is the only team in the conference that has not lost a league series this season.

Indiana State goes for the series sweep on Sunday, a feat the Sycamores have not accomplished since taking three games from Evansville in Terre Haute on May 8-10, 2009. ISU will send junior right-hander Ryan Torgerson (7-1, 2.76 ERA) to the mound while WSU has not announced a starting pitcher.

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