- The Indiana State baseball team used a two-out two-run single by junior Owen
Conway and 10 strikeouts from junior Sean Manaea on Friday, edging past the
College of Charleston Cougars by a 3-1 score from Hitchcock Field and Plainsman
Park on the campus of Auburn University.
Senior Casey McCurdy tallied Indiana State's (3-2) first hit of the game in the third inning, singling through the right side of the infield to get the frame going. After a sacrifice bunt by redshirt freshman Jeff Zahn, sophomore Landon Curry dropped a two-out single into the left-center field gap to plate McCurdy from second and put the Sycamores in front, 1-0.
Junior Sean Manaea kept the College of Charleston (3-2) offense at bay in his six innings on the mound, totaling 10 strikeouts on 97 pitches. Friday's game marks the third time in his career that the junior southpaw has hit double figures, behind a career-high of 12 strikeouts last season against Illinois State.
College of Charleston rallied to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning, as Gunner Heidt began the frame with a hot-shot double past redshirt senior Koby Kraemer at third base. Two batters later, Brandon Murray brought Heidt home with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Redshirt sophomore Jacob Hayes led off the bottom of the eighth with a four-pitch walk, before the Sycamores took advantage of a key CofC miscue in the outfield. Senior Robby Ort hit a fly ball to left-center field that Murray settled under but had bounce off the heel of his glove to allow Hayes to reach second base, putting two runners on with no outs in the inning. Junior Mike Fitzgerald moved both Hayes and Ort into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, before Kraemer was caught looking for two outs in the inning. Conway battled back from two quick strikes, dropping a single into shallow center to plate both Hayes and Ort and put the Sycamores up 3-1.
Junior Josh Dove earned his first save at Indiana State in the ninth, getting assistance from senior Jordan Pearson who gloved a line-drive behind the second base bag with one out. Junior Josh Negele (1-0) earned the win in relief, getting the final two outs in the eighth.
McCurdy led the way with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate, while Conway and Curry drove in ISU's runs.
Indiana State returns to action on Saturday in Auburn, Ala., facing Middle Tennessee at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The game can be heard live online through GoSycamores.com.