TERRE HAUTE —
Senior Devin Moore and junior Sean Manaea combined for 18 strikeouts Saturday, leading the Indiana State baseball team to victories over South Dakota State (5-4) and Mercer (10-2) on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
In the first game, South Dakota State (8-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as starting pitcher Jeff Degano issued three consecutive walks with the bases loaded and one out in the inning. Moore entered in relief and got a strikeout and a forceout to end the top half of the first inning.
ISU (5-5) got back within one run in the second as Taylor Steen and Landon Curry each picked up RBIs. Casey McCurdy tied the score at 3-3 in the third, driving a two-out single through the right side of the infield to plate Mike Fitzgerald from second base.
The Sycamores went in front 5-3 in the fifth, taking advantage of two SDSU errors. Robby Ort gave ISU the lead when he scored on a throwing error before Jeff Zahn singled to center to score Jacob Hayes.
Moore (2-0) worked 4.2 innings in relief, striking out a career-high 10 batters while allowing three hits and two walks. Tyler Fehringer struck out three batters in two innings before the Jackrabbits plated a run to cut the ISU lead to 5-4. Junior Josh Dove closed out the final two innings, allowing just two hits while striking out two to earn his second save of the season.
Curry and Zahn each picked up two hits against South Dakota State.
In Game 2, Indiana State’s offense pounded out 14 hits against the Bears, who entered the weekend tournament ranked 28th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s national poll.
Manaea (1-1) earned the victory on the mound, fanning eight batters in six innings of work while allowing three hits. Kurt Kudrecki struck out three without allowing a hit over the final three innings, earning the three-inning save. Manaea and Kudrecki combined to retire 18 of the final 19 MU batters and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
Owen Conway led the ISU offense, totaling three doubles, a pair of runs batted in and three runs scored. Eight of the nine starters in Indiana State’s batting order collected at least one hit against the Bears.
The Sycamores failed to score in just two innings, the first and eighth. Indiana State scored twice in innings two through five and once in the sixth and seventh.
Indiana State hits the road twice next week, traveling to Austin Peay on Tuesday before heading north for a three-game set with the Minnesota Golden Gophers from Friday through next Sunday.