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April 21, 2014

Sycamores dig down to beat Canisius, avoid sweep

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Indiana State took control late in the game and avoided being swept in a weekend college baseball series for the first time this season as it defeated Canisius 8-4 Sunday.

ISU scored twice in the top of the first inning, but the Golden Griffins got four in the bottom of the inning and led until the seventh, when the Sycamores overcame a 4-3 deficit by scoring four times on just one hit.

Derek Hannahs led off the inning with a double, took third on a ground out by Landon Curry and beat the throw home with the tying run on Cody Zimmerman’s fielder’s choice. Then Jacob Hayes was hit by a pitch, Mike Fitzgerald walked, Michael Eberle got the go-ahead RBI when he was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Wampler and Jeff Zahn added bases-loaded walks.

The final Indiana State run came in the top of the ninth when Connor McClain led off with a walk, advanced to second on Wampler’s sacrifice and scored on a single by Zahn.

Kurt Kudrecki started on the mound for Indiana State but lasted just 22⁄3 innings. Ryan Keaffaber took over in the third and went the rest of the way to record his second win of the week. Keaffaber (2-1), who also won a Tuesday game at Eastern Illinois, didn’t allow a hit while striking out four and walking one in 61⁄3 innings.

Indiana State took its first lead in the series against Canisius in the top of the first inning when Curry beat out an infield single and went to second on a passed ball.

Walks to Zimmerman and Hayes loaded the bases, Eberle got an RBI with a grounder and McClain hit a run-scoring single — although Fitzgerald was thrown out at home trying to score a second run on the play to end the inning.

Canisius got its four runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning, but ISU got one back in the top of the second when Wampler beat out an infield hit, stole second, took third on a hit by Hannahs and scored on Curry’s bunt.

Hannahs had a double and two singles, and Curry two hits to lead a 10-hit attack.

Indiana State (25-12) has a 6 p.m. home game Tuesday against Purdue. Canisius is now 22-14.

 

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