WICHITA, KAN. —
The Indiana State baseball team scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Saturday at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan., but the Wichita State Shockers scored 11 of the game’s next 12 runs to secure the Missouri Valley Conference series victory with an 11-3 win.
The loss drops ISU to 12-13 on the season and 3-5 in the MVC. ISU’s five-game losing streak in conference play is their longest since also dropping five in a row early in the 2011 season. Wichita State improves to 18-14 overall and remains tied for the first place in the league standings at 4-1.
ISU took an early two-run lead, tallying four hits in the opening inning. Senior Robby Ort, redshirt senior Koby Kraemer, junior Owen Conway and redshirt sophomore Jacob Hayes tallied four consecutive singles in the inning for the Sycamores with Ort and Hayes each picking up RBIs. Wichita State answered back with four runs on five hits in the bottom half of the first, taking a 4-2 lead after one inning of action.
The Shockers tacked on another run in the bottom of the third, getting a run home on a groundout by Tyler Baker.
The Sycamores got back within two runs in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a WSU error that put Ort on to start the inning. Kraemer followed with a single down the third base line before Conway advanced both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Hayes tallied his second run batted in for the game when he came up next, dropping a single into shallow left-center to plate Ort from third.
Wichita State went to work with two outs over the next two innings, scoring five runs all with two outs. The Shockers broke the game open in the sixth inning as Casey Gillaspie drove in one run on a ground rule double to left-center before Johnny Coy rode the 20-mile per hour wind gusts for a three-run home run to center.
Despite the 11-3 loss, ISU tallied 11 hits on Saturday including at least one hit in the first six innings of play. The game marked the sixth time in 25 games this season that the Sycamores have posted double-digit hits. Kraemer led the team with a 3-for-5 effort with a double while Hayes drove in two runs with a pair of singles.
Wichita State’s 11 runs on Saturday are a season-high allowed for ISU and the most for the team since Dallas Baptist posted a 15-2 win behind 12 runs in the final two innings on April 20, 2012.
ISU and Wichita State close out their three-game series at 2 p.m. today.
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