HAUTE, Ind. - Five pitchers for the Indiana State
baseball team limited the visiting Austin Peay Governors to just two hits and
one unearned run on a chilly Tuesday afternoon on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore
Stadium, leading the Sycamores to an 8-1 victory.
Indiana State moved back above the .500 mark with the win, pushing their record to 8-7 on the season. Austin Peay dropped to 17-3 overall, seeing their nine-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation, come to an end in Terre Haute.
APSU took the lead in the top of the second inning as Cody Hudson reached on a single before stealing second base. Hudson stole third base later in the inning and scored when catcher Mike Fitzgerald's throw to third base went into left field.
Indiana State responded in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead. Senior Robby Ort led off with a double to right-center, scoring two batters later when junior Owen Conway dropped a single over the first baseman and inside the right field line. Redshirt sophomore Derek Hannahs (sacrifice fly) and sophomore Landon Curry (single) each drove in runs later in the inning.
The Sycamores tacked on single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, coming on a double by senior Casey McCurdy in the fifth and a sacrifice fly by redshirt senior Koby Kraemer in the sixth.
Indiana State posted their second three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth, as McCurdy drew a bases loaded walk before Conway brought Kraemer and Fitzgerald home with a two-run single to left.
Redshirt senior Tyler Fehringer (1-0) earned the win on the mound, allowing one hit and one unearned run over four innings with a career-high six strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore Greg Kuhlman struck out two over the next two innings before juniors Daniel Peterson, Kurt Kudrecki and Josh Dove each recorded one perfect inning. The five ISU pitchers combined to strike out 12 APSU batters while allowing just two hits and two walks.
At the plate, Conway led the way by reaching base in all five of his at-bats and finishing 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, one stolen base and three runs batted in. Curry also went 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and one RBI. McCurdy went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in.
Every Sycamore that played on Tuesday either picked up a hit, scored a run or drove in a run against the Governors.
Indiana State begins Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, hosting Southern Illinois on Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 in Terre Haute. All three games can be heard live on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network and can be seen live for free on GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision.