Sycamore baseball sweeps nationally ranked competitors in three game series
Published: Monday, April 15, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 00:04
The Indiana State baseball team completed the three-game weekend sweep against Missouri Valley Conference opponent and Collegiate Baseball Poll number 30 ranked Creighton over the weekend at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
The Sycamores improved their record to 17-13, 7-5 MVC, on the season, while the Bluejays dropped to 18-9, 5-4 MVC. ISU has now won 10 of their 12 home games this season.
Sycamores take game one, 6-1
Indiana State rallied behind the arm of senior pitcher Devin Moore, as well as senior in/outfielder Robby Ort’s first home run of the season to take a 6-1 series-opening victory over the Creighton Bluejays Friday evening.
Moore started on the mound for the Sycamores, giving up one run on four hits to go along with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. Ort led the way offensively, picking up three hits in four at-bats to go along with three RBIs.
“The real positive thing for Devin is that he had to work through some jams and really show a lot of character and a lot of toughness,” said Rick Heller, head baseball coach.
For the third consecutive game, the Sycamores were able to plate a run in the opening frame. With one out in the inning, junior infielder Cody Zimmerman drew a walk and advanced to second on another walk to Ort. Then, with two outs, redshirt sophomore in/outfielder Jacob Hayes pulled a pitch through the right side of the infield to score Zimmerman from second and give ISU a 1-0 lead.
The Bluejays responded in the top half of the third, loading the bases with no outs before scoring on a grounder to junior infielder Tyler Wampler, who started a 6-4-3 double play and prevented what could have been an even bigger inning for Creighton.
The Sycamores regained the lead in the bottom half, scoring three runs to take a 4-1 lead after three innings of play. Sophomore outfielder Landon Curry led off the inning with a single to center before stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the CU catcher. Redshirt senior infielder Koby Kraemer drew a walk to put runners on first and third with Ort due up next. The senior drove a three-run home run over the right field wall to give the Sycamores the lead. Ort also moved up to fourth place on ISU’s career RBIs list with 178 runs batted in.
The Sycamores tacked on two more runs in the seventh following a leadoff double from redshirt sophomore infielder Derek Hannahs and RBIs from Hayes and senior infielder Jordan Pearson to give ISU a 6-1 lead that would prove to be enough for the victory.
ISU wins game two to clinch series, 5-4
The Sycamores came back on Saturday and held on for a 5-4 victory, their first home series victory over Creighton since the 2001 season. The game ended on a controversial call when a Bluejays base runner was called for interference at second base.
Junior pitcher Sean Manaea started on the mound for the Sycamores, giving up two runs on five hits to go along with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. ISU combined to pick up 12 hits, with four Sycamore batters picking up multiple hits.
Each team was held scoreless through the first three innings, but ISU managed to score a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth to give the Sycamores the lead. Kraemer led off the inning with a double before scoring on single to shallow left-center from Ort. Following a single from Hayes, Pearson came up two batters later and picked up an RBI, plating Ort from third on a groundout
The Sycamores extended their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth after Wampler roped a single over the second baseman’s head to score Pearson and junior outfielder Mike Fitzgerald.
After six innings of shutout work from Manaea, momentum began to shift in the seventh as the pre-season All-American walked the bases loaded while striking out two batters in between. With two outs, CU’s Brad McKewon singled to left field to score a run. Junior outfielder Owen Conway’s throw to home plate was in time to tag out Brennan Murphy; however, Kraemer was called for obstruction at third, allowing Murphy’s run to count and cutting the ISU lead in half, 4-2.