TERRE HAUTE —
These are the bad times for the Indiana State baseball team.
The will is there for the Sycamores to pull out of their worst slump of the season, but the results are not. The suffering continued on Wednesday at Bob Warn Field as Eastern Illinois defeated ISU 5-3.
ISU’s loss was its seventh in eight games. The win came against Division III DePauw on May 1. ISU hasn’t beaten a Division I team since April 14 when it defeated Creighton.
ISU’s hitting woes — the Sycamores had seven hits against the Panthers and only one frame where they had two hits or more — are well-documented. ISU is last in the Missouri Valley Conference in hitting, on-base percentage and slugging.
“It seems like we’ve been right there every game and things just don’t go our way. Sometimes we’ve made mental mistakes, sometimes we hit it right at the fielders. We just haven’t caught any breaks lately,” said ISU second baseman Derek Hannahs, who is in the midst of an 11-game hit streak. Hannahs has hit .400 during his streak.
Murphy’s Law is not the way ISU wants to live, but it’s the law of ISU’s land at present.
“It’s really frustrating. There’s two things that have really been frustrating. In yesterday’s game [a 9-8 loss in 12 innings at SIU-Edwardsville], I saw some positive things at the bat. Guys were hitting line drives in the middle. But as the baseball gods tend to do, guys were snagging them left and right,” Heller said.
“Here’s guys are struggling, doing the right things, but not getting the results. Then you sometimes, you get to doing the same things you were before,” he added.
Heller was also irked by ISU’s pitching staff in its last two games — ISU lost 9-8 in 12 innings at SIU-Edwardsville on Tuesday.
During the last seven innings in which ISU scored in the last two games, ISU’s pitching staff has conceded at least the same amount of runs or more in response on each occasion.
“The big thing on the pitching side — especially in these mid-week games where we’re down on arms — every time we scored they answered. One of the big things in winning ball games is that when you score — boom — you go out and put a zero up to stop their momentum,” Heller said.
“That’s something we’ve done well over the last three-and-a-half years, but right now, it’s just not happening,” Heller added.
Heller was asked whether the pitching staff feels pressure to put up too many zeroes given the struggles ISU has had at the plate.
“For the most part, we’ve done a good job [of putting zeroes up]. But you can’t go out and walk the leadoff guy after you just scored two runs. It shouldn’t have anything to do with the fact they feel like we’re not going to score runs because when we do, that’s when you stick your chest out and get aggressive. Its been the trend all season in the mid-week games,” Heller said.
ISU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Landon Curry’s leadoff walk was cashed in by Robby Ort via a RBI single.
But the pattern of scoring a run and then giving one up took hold. EIU designated hitter Jason Scholl hit a solo home run to right field off ISU starter Tyler Fehringer to tie the game.
It was the only big blow Fehringer gave up in an otherwise solid effort. He struck out three and gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.
ISU took the lead again in the fifth as Hannahs scored on a squeeze play by Curry. The Panthers (17-26) answered in sixth with three runs. With the bases loaded, EIU’s Mitch Gasbarro scored on a no-out, 6-4-3 double play. But against ISU reliever Tyler Pazik, the Panthers cleared the bases on a Brant Valach two-run home run to left. The Panthers led 4-2.
ISU got a run back in the seventh as Owen Conway scored on a Tyler Wampler groundout, but the Panthers answered again in the eighth as Scholl led off with a double and Valach knocked in pinch runner Tyler Schweigert with a single.
ISU (18-22) resumes action on Friday with a nonconference series against Alcorn State. Heller confirmed that Sean Manaea will return to his Friday starting slot against the Braves. With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, time is running out on the Sycamores to shake their funk.
“Hopefully we have a good series and get some momentum going into next week,” Hannahs said.
n SIU-Edwardsville 9, ISU 8 — At Edwardsville, Ill., the Sycamores scored two in the top of the ninth to put themselves on the verge of victory, but the Cougars scored two to stay alive and eventually won in the 12th inning.
A sacrifice bunt by Curry and a single by Casey McCurdy tied the game in the ninth for ISU, but the Sycamores were undone by an error in the ninth, which helped the Cougars tie the contest.
Curry drove in a run and scored on an error in the 11th to give ISU an 8-6 lead, but the Cougars tied it again on RBI triple by James Vazquez and a game-tying RBI single by Joel Greatting.
The Cougars got the winning run in the 12th on a RBI single by Vazquez.
Curry had three RBI in the losing effort for the Sycamores, who were swept in the season series by SIU-Edwardsville.
TERRE HAUTE —
These are the bad times for the Indiana State baseball team.
ISU’s Abdul-Qaadir, Munn All-MVC selections
Senior guards Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Anna Munn have both been named to Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference teams, announced by the league on Wednesday. Abdul-Qaadir earned a spot on the first-team while Munn was named honorable mention.
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“The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Oh snap: Reed's 18-game hitting streak falls in No. 20 UK's loss at No. 16 IU
No. 16 Indiana mounted two-run rallies in the first and fourth innings and the Hoosiers ended the hitting streak of Terre Haute native A.J. Reed at 18 games to post a 7-2 win over No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday.
Despite going hitless, Reed remains the NCAA leader in home runs (8) and RBI (28) for a potent Wildcats’ offense.
Kentucky (13-4) dropped its first game with the Hoosiers in the last four meetings, with the meeting marking the first time in modern UK history (2003-present) that the two teams faced off as top-20 foes.
Munn named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
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Munn joins Kourtney Mennen (2003), Melanie Boeglin (2006), Laura Rudolphi (2007) and Kelsey Luna (2009 and 2010) as winners of the award, which began in 2002.
ISU win streak at 12
Ryan Keaffaber recorded his sixth save in seven opportunities Monday as Indiana State won its 12th straight college baseball game, holding off a rally by visiting Western Illinois for a 7-4 victory on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Another Rose freshman making big splash
The Rose-Hulman men’s swimming team received a much-needed boost last season when a talented freshman from Ohio entered to set school records, rack up conference titles and qualify for the NCAA Division III championships. So when the Rose women’s swimming team needed a boost this season, what did it do? Yep, the Engineers found another talented freshman from Ohio to do pretty much the same things.
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Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir of Indiana State has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for women’s basketball, the league announced Monday.
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Clock problems delay start of Indiana State semifinal game
Time stood still in Scottrade Center on Saturday.
Not by design.
Sycamores advance to Arch Madness title game
No one said advancing to the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament championship game was going to be easy.
ISU women grab share of MVC regular-season title
The preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite lived up to its expectations, as the Indiana State women’s basketball team grabbed a piece of the regular-season title with an 85-72 triumph over host Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon inside McLeod Center.
Robinson leads No. 12 Michigan over Indiana
Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 to play, and Jordan Morgan had a double-double in his final home game to help No. 12 Michigan finish off its Big Ten championship season with an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.
Michigan (23-7 15-3) avenged last year’s defeat in the last game of the regular season. In that game, Morgan’s tap-in rolled off the rim as time expired, giving the Hoosiers the victory and costing the Wolverines a share of the conference title.
ISU headed to MVC title game
Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 62-59 on Saturday to advance to Arch Madness championship game.
Ramblin’ On: Sycamores use defensive stops to reach Missouri Valley semifinals
It sounds counter-intuitive, but to go forward in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament you must first get stops. In Friday’s MVC Tournament quarterfinal against Loyola, ISU followed that bit of zen to a tee. The Sycamores never let the Ramblers get comfortable offensively and put a hammer-lock on Loyola standout Milton Doyle. ISU rode its defense to an easy 75-62 victory at Scottrade Center.
ISU baseball looking to carry success home
Indiana State had pitching questions coming into the season, having lost its entire starting staff from a year ago.
So far anyway, those questions have been answered. The Sycamores are 9-1 going into their home opener today against Western Illinois.
Metro sports: Rose-Hulman picks up baseball win
A late run in the eighth-inning broke a 4-all tie and proved to be the game winner for Rockford College in a 5-4 decision over the Rose-Hulman baseball team Friday at the Chain of Lakes Complex.
Indiana State women move within one win from MVC title
Senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had 23 points to lead Indiana State to a 73-71 win at Drake on Thursday. The point guard led four Sycamores in double figures in the win.
Anna Munn, Jasmine Grier and Chelsea Small each chipped in 11 points as ISU shot 10-of-21 from 3-point range as a team.
Sycamores rejuvenated heading into MVC Tournament quarterfinals
Indiana State point guard Jake Odum is sick-and-tired of being sick and tired.
He’s tired of hearing about the team’s three-game losing streak. He’s tired of the Sycamores playing below par. He’s tired of the team not fulfilling its potential.
He plans to do something about it this weekend. Second-seeded ISU begins its Missouri Valley Conference Tournament trek at 7:05 p.m. tonight against either No. 10 Loyola.
Rose-Hulman seniors lead Engineers into NCAA Division III Tournament
For Rose-Hulman’s six senior men’s basketball players, this weekend will mark the beginning of their third and final appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Having left Terre Haute by bus Thursday, Rose (22-5) will open the Division III four-team regional at Hope College in Holland, Mich., today against Wheaton College (19-8) at the unique time of 5:30 p.m.
Coach Jim Shaw’s Engineers are coming off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular-season and tournament championships for the second consecutive year.
ISU women seek top MVC seed
Defense and rebounding are the staples of Teri Moren’s fourth Indiana State team, a squad that hits the road trying to defend and rebound its way to a regular-season conference title. The Sycamores women’s basketball can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference with wins tonight against Drake and Saturday against Northern Iowa.
Nebraska completes sweep of Indiana
Indiana’s slim hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid are all but done, unless the Hoosiers can win the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska never trailed Wednesday night, completing a season sweep of the Hoosiers with a 70-60 win. The loss ensures a losing conference record for IU (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) while boosting the Huskers’ chances at an at-large berth.
ISU reserve Smith earns two MVC honors
Indiana State sophomore Khristian Smith has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Bench and Most Improved Teams, according to an announcement by the league office Wednesday.
Two Sycamores with Scott during Saturday incident
A Vigo County’s Sheriff’s case report of Brenton Scott’s arrest last Saturday indicated that Scott, an Indiana State basketball player, tried to pass himself off as his twin brother and that two of his teammates were with him at the time of the incident.
Metro Sports: Sycamores to be represented at NCAA indoors
Three members of the Indiana State track and field team will compete in the 2014 NCAA indoor championships March 14-15 at Albuquerque, N.M. Senior Greggmar Swift will represent the men, while sophomore Katie Wise and senior Mary Theisen will represent the women.
Rose meets Wheaton in NCAA opener
Rose-Hulman will open its third straight trip to the NCAA Division III basketball tournament at 5:30 p.m. Friday when the Engineers play Wheaton in a four-team regional hosted by Hope College.
Metro: No ISU baseball today; home opener now Friday
Indiana State’s baseball home opener that was to be played today has been pushed back, according to Sycamore head coach Mitch Hannahs.
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