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March 14, 2014

Metro Sports: ISU baseball’s winning streak halted at 12

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks scored on a walk-off single in the ninth inning to end Indiana State’s 12-game winning streak in baseball with a 3-2 victory Friday at Brooks Field.

“We played OK, but we have to play much better if we are going to beat quality teams on the road,” ISU coach Mitch Hannahs said afterward.

Indiana State took the early lead with a single run in the first, but UNC-Wilmington came back with a run in the fourth and one in the sixth to go up 2-1. The Sycamores did come back to tie the score in the top of the seventh, but they could not get another run across the plate.

The Seahawks’ Corey Dick hit a one-out single in the ninth with UNCW bringing in Stephen Linkous to run for Dick. Two pitches later, Linkous stole second base and advanced to third when the throw from ISU catch Mike Fitzgerald went into center field. Andy Austin was intentionally walked to set up the possibility of a double play, but the Seahawks’ Josh Abshire made sure that would not happen as he singled up the middle to drive in the winning run.

David Stagg started on the mound for Indiana State and worked seven innings for a no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one. Josh Dove (1-1) took over in the eighth and suffered his first loss of the season in giving up a run on two hits while striking out none and walking one.

Mat Batts started for the Seahawks and went 6 1/3 innings in giving up two runs on five hits while striking out eighty and walking one. Kelly Secrest (4-1) took over in the seventh to earn the win in shutting down the Sycamores with one strikeout, no walks, no hits, and no runs.

ISU scored in the top of the first on a Michael Eberle sacrifice fly to right field. Cody Zimmerman had a one out single and went to second on a wild pitch. Jacob Hayes walked and Mike Fitzgerald was hit by a pitch to load up the bases. Zimmerman put Indiana State up 1-0 by scoring on Eberle’s sacrifice fly.

The Seahawks’ Ryan LaGrange tied the score in the bottom of the fourth as he hit a solo home run over the left-field fence. ISU’s Connor McClain made a good effort with a leap at the fence but just could not quite get the ball in his glove.

Back-to-back two-out doubles from Robbie Thorburn and LaGrange put the Seahawks up 2-1 in the sixth.

Indiana State came right back in the top of the seventh to even the score. Eberle and Tyler Wampler had back-to-back singles with Eberle motoring all the way to third on Wampler’s hit. With one out, Derek Hannahs was able to get the bat on a pitch out which resulted in a bloop single to right that resulted in Eberle scoring the tying run. The Sycamores had an opportunity to retake the lead but Wampler was tagged out on a close play at the plate when McClain hit into a fielder’s choice.

Fitzgerald singled in the eighth but was left stranded and ISU went down in order in the ninth.

Indiana State had six hits in the game, all singles, with Wampler getting two singles in four trips to the plate to pace the attack.

The Sycamores (12-2) will play a twinbill against the Seahawks (8-8) today as Sunday’s game was moved up due to expected bad weather in the Wilmington area Sunday. Right-hander Brad Lombard (3-0) will take to the mound in the opening game for ISU with fellow right-hander Kurt Kudrecki (2-1) going in the nightcap. The Sycamores will face UNC-Wilmington right-hander Nick Monroe (1-0) and right-hander Ryan Foster (0-1).


• Engineer 17th at nationals —
At Lincoln, Neb., Rose-Hulman senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery came home 17th in the women’s mile in the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships Friday afternoon.

Montgomery ran a time of 5 minutes, 12.81 seconds in the event conducted at the University of Nebraska.

The effort marked Montgomery’s second appearance in Division III championship competition this season. She placed 71st out of 280 runners in the NCAA cross country championships after placing third individually in the Great Lakes Regional.

Montgomery’s season so far has included Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in 6-kilometer cross country, the indoor mile run, and the indoor 3,000-meter run.

Her efforts include school and conference records in the mile and 3,000 runs this season. She became the second Engineer female to compete in the Division III indoor track championships and the first running event participant, joining five-time high-jump national champion Liz Evans.


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