News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 31, 2013

ISU baseball falls short against 17-6 Missouri State

STAFF REPORT
The Tribune-Star

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — The Indiana State baseball team dropped its third straight game Saturday as the Missouri State Bears clinched the series win with a 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference victory at Hammons Field.

Missouri State (17-6, 2-0 MVC) took the lead in the third inning, getting their offense going behind a leadoff double by Travis McComack. The Bears moved McComack to third with a sacrifice bunt and Tate Matheny plated the runner with two outs on a single to center.

Indiana State (11-10, 3-2 MVC) hit into some early tough luck on Saturday, as the Sycamores grounded into three double plays in the game’s first four innings.

The Sycamores scored for the first time in the series in the top half of the sixth inning, tying the game at 1-1. Sophomore Landon Curry singled up the middle with one out and moved to third when junior Cody Zimmerman’s fly ball to center was lost in the sun by Matheny. Senior Robby Ort picked up the RBI, hitting his team-leading fifth sacrifice fly of the season into foul territory down the left field line.

Missouri State took advantage of three Sycamore errors in the seventh inning, scoring four times to take a 5-1 lead. Two runs scored in the inning on a base hit through the right side of the infield off the bat of Matheny to put MSU in front, before Luke Voit added two more runs with a two-run single to center.

Indiana State had entered the game without an error over the last five games, with just three miscues over its previous nine games.

Senior Devin Moore took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits over six innings with four strikeouts. Junior Kurt Kudrecki pitched the final two innings, fanning a pair of batters. Jonathan Harris improved to 5-0 on the season for MSU, allowing four hits and one unearned run over eight innings.

Zimmerman led ISU with a 1-for-2 effort at the plate, singling in the sixth while also drawing two walks.

Indiana State looks to avoid the series sweep today, as junior Daniel Peterson will take the hill for the Sycamores. Missouri State has yet to announce a starting pitcher with first pitch set for 2 p.m.

ISU has won just once at Hammons Field since 2008.