Late two-run rally lifts ISU over Purdue
Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 22:04
The Indiana State baseball team used a late two-run rally in the game’s final inning to earn a 4-3 victory at Purdue, Wednesday evening, at Alexander Field.
The win lifts the Sycamores to one game over the .500 mark, currently holding a 12-11 record on the season. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers drop to 10-16 with the loss.
Three ISU pitchers combined to give up three runs on eight hits to go along with eight strikeouts in nine innings of work. Offensively, six players recorded a hit for the Sycamores, highlighted by sophomore outfielder Landon Curry and junior infielder Cody Zimmerman’s RBI singles in the ninth inning.
“On a night when we played a little bit sloppy, defensively, and we didn’t really swing it all that well, we found a way to win with a big ninth inning rally,” said Rick Heller, Indiana State head coach. “It was just what we needed after a tough weekend. Hopefully it will get us going as we head down to Wichita State.”
The Sycamores got on board first, taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning of play. Curry led off the game with a walk, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Zimmerman and advanced to third on a groundout by senior in/outfielder Robby Ort. Purdue’s Mike Gaglianese threw a wild pitch to the next ISU batter, allowing Curry to cross the plate from third and giving the Sycamores a 1-0 lead after the first.
Purdue responded with two runs in the bottom of the second as they recorded three consecutive hits with one out to tie the game before taking the lead on a groundball to junior infielder Tyler Wampler at shortstop.
ISU came back in the third and tied the game at two runs apiece. Wampler was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sack-bunt from Curry. Then, with two outs in the frame, Zimmerman moved Wampler over to third with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Ort came up next and picked up his fifth double of the season, lining a pitch just inside the third baseline to knot the game.
Purdue took advantage of a lead-off walk and an RBI single from Sean McHugh in the sixth inning to regain the lead the lead, 3-2.
After scoreless seventh and eighth innings from each team, the Sycamores sparked a two out rally in the ninth to score two runs and earn the one-run victory. With one out, junior outfielder Owen Conway drew a walk to get things going. Redshirt sophomore in/outfielder Jacob Hayes then hit a single to left field to put runners on first and second. Redshirt freshman in/outfielder Jeff Zahn came up next and beat out a potential game-ending double play to put runners on the corners. Curry’s two-out RBI single to left field tied the game before Zimmerman came to the plate with runners on first and second. He drove the ball through the left side of the infield and allowed Zahn to come around to score from second base, putting ISU in front, 4-3, and securing a much-needed victory.
The Sycamores will close out their seven-game road stretch this weekend, as they travel to Wichita State for a three-game conference series. The first game is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m.