Indiana State capped its season-opening college baseball weekend with four runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday for an 8-6 win over Ohio State.
“The great thing about today was the guys experienced some adversity when we gave up a big inning in the sixth,” coach Mitch Hannahs said. “We went through an inning or two where we kind of wobbled but did not get knocked out and the guys kept battling.”
ISU had an early 4-0 lead with runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. Tyler Wampler, Brian Romero, Landon Curry and Connor McClain had the RBIs.
Ohio State tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth and took the lead with two in the bottom of the eighth.
ISU loaded the bases with one out against Ohio State’s closer. Mike Fitzgerald drove in one with a sacrifice fly, Romero’s two-out single tied the score and hits by Wampler and Jeff Zahn finished the rally. Ryan Keaffaber got his second save of the weekend by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Curry and Wampler each had three of ISU’s 12 hits. Now 3-1, ISU plays this coming weekend at Nashville in the Mule City Classic against Lipscomb, Belmont and Middle Tennessee State.
ISU competes — At Bloomington, Indiana State had wins and personal bests during the weekend at the Hoosier Hills indoor meet.
Wins came from Chris Fields in weight throw, Katie Wise in the 60-meter dash, Alethia Marrero in the 400, while hurdler Greggmar Swift and freshman miler David Timlin were top collegians in their events.
ISU competes in two different meets this coming week, then has the Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships the following weekend at Northern Iowa.
Engineer men win — At Greencastle, Rose-Hulman’s men won four events Saturday to take first place at the DePauw Invitational.
Rose had 165.5 points to finish ahead of Cumberlands (124) and Franklin (87).
Winners on the track were Nathan Catt in the mile and Brendon Mattiuz in the 800, while field-event winners were Andy Hunkeler in weight throw and Austin Schultheis in high jump.
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the HCAC Championships next weekend at Anderson University.