Sycamores win rematch against Governors, 8-1
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 03:03
Sycamores out score Governors, 8-1
Five pitchers for the Indiana State baseball team limited the visiting Austin Peay Governors to just two hits and one unearned run on a 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 a single from sophomore Landon Curry 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.
Earlier this season the Sycamores fell to the SEMO in extra inning, 6-5
Indiana State traveled to Clarksville, Tenn. last Tuesday, where the Austin Peay Governors needed 11 innings to edge out the Sycamores at Raymond C. Hand Park.
ISU sent a total of eight pitchers to the mound, while Kraemer, Fitzgerald, and sophomore Jacob Hayes each picked up a pair of hits in the game. APSU’s Reed Harper led the way for the Governors, picking up a hit in four of his five plate appearances.
APSU struck first in the second inning, plating two runs on hits by Harper and Kyle Schlatter. With the bases loaded and a chance to extend the rally, ISU junior Josh Negele forced a fly-out to stop the bleeding and get the Sycamores out of the inning without further damage.
After a scoreless third from both teams, Indiana State scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead. Fitzgerald led off the frame with a single and was followed by a walk to McCurdy to put runners on first and second with no outs. Hayes loaded the bases with a single of his own, allowing redshirt freshman Jeff Zahn to tie the score with a two-run single to right-center. Two batters later, Curry hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Hayes to tag up and score, giving the Sycamores a 3-2 advantage. The Governors scored another run in the bottom half of the inning to even the score.
In the fifth, Hayes used a bunt single to allow McCurdy to score from third, giving ISU the lead once again. For a second time, APSU was able to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a double in the right-centerfield gap from Schlatter.
The Sycamores scored again in the seventh to regain the lead and used an inning ending 4-6-3 double play in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth, but APSU led off the inning with a double and a single that would even the score once again and send the game into extra innings.
After a scoreless 10th, the Governors took advantage of two ISU errors in the 11th and eventually brought home the winning run with a sac-fly to center.