ISU baseball takes recreation one over Missouri State | Indiana State Sports activities
More importantly, the ISU was able to keep pace with the Missouri Valley Conference and maintain its status as the regional NCAA all-inclusive team. ISU defeated Missouri State 7-2 in the opening game of a double header at Hammonds Field, Missouri State.
The second game of the double header was played in the eighth inning at 3 o’clock. The game had to be canceled due to a planning conflict with the main tenant at Hammons Field – the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, who have priority over the state of Missouri and had to play a night game.
The twin bird will resume on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The scheduled Saturday game will begin 40 minutes after the resumed game has ended.
The ISU bounced back from a 2-1 deficit and kicked off the series after scooping two insurance runs in the third, one in the sixth and three insurance runs in the ninth.
The Sycamores took an early lead in the second lap when Mike Sears drove left into Josue Urdaneta with a single. Missouri State responded with two solo home runs down the innings from Mason Hill and Jaden Rolffs to take the lead.
Infielder Miguel Rivera finished third in his 11th and 12th RBI of the season and the Sycamores wouldn’t look back. Mitch Barrow hit an RBI single in the sixth before the MSU hit the loaded bases to start the ninth. Max Wright drove a ball to the right in two runs before Urdaneta took a walk to beat the seventh run of the game.
Geremy Guerrero improved to 8-1 after seven full innings. The South Paw pulled five bears back on punchouts while walking only two. Both runs charged to Guerrero came over the long ball.
Right-handed Connor Fenlong took his fifth save of the year after finishing eighth. He knocked out two and took a step while holding the bears goalless.
Rivera and Wright each scored two hits and two RBI in the win.
With the win, the Sycamores improved to 22-11 in the season and 9-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while MSU fell to 14-17 overall and 5-8 in the MVC game.
In the second competition, the Sycamores achieved three runs in the top on three walks and two base hits to take the first lead of the game. Ellison Hanna II, Miguel Rivera and Urdaneta each went for a walk before Sean Ross hit the right field to outbid the first run. Freshman Grant Magill picked up two RBIs with a single on the right.
The bears responded with a split home run on Hull’s fifth – his second homer of the day.
Missouri State opened sixth with consecutive infield singles behind the hill before both runners could get into goal position in a wild field. Fenlong took up a strike before deliberately going over the laden bases to raise a force on a bag. Fenlong would instigate a couple of popups to end the threat and keep the MSU goalless.
MSU led the seventh with Ben Whetstone chopping a ball from the first base pocket that sailed down the line for a double. He would advance to third place on a single before later slapping home with a sacrificial fly. Fenlong would get a flyout and a ground ball to end the inning.
Tyler Grauer started the Sycamores and went five full innings without a decision. The left struck four and allowed two runs with seven hits.