If you’ve ever had a fly buzzing around your eyes, you know how Indiana State’s baseball team felt in its Nashville Regional opener against McNeese State on Friday.
The Cowboys had runners on-base in all but two innings. McNeese State was a constant, pesky menace for the Sycamores as the Cowboys also used their speed well once they got runners on.
It was a dicey tightrope for the Sycamores to walk, but ISU never fell. Thanks to a two-run home run by Dane Tofteland and a four-inning relief effort by Tyler Grauer, the Sycamores kept the Cowboys and won 6-5 at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field.
ISU will play again at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday against the winner of tonight’s Vanderbilt-Ohio State game. ISU is guaranteed to play until at least Sunday.
ISU’s victory was its first in a NCAA regional game since 1995, breaking a string of five-straight NCAA losses.