Sycamore Baseball Set To Host Austin Peay For "Family Night/Bark In The Park Night"
April 2, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU BASEBALL RELEASE
DATE: April 2
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Terre Haute, Ind. (Bob Warn Field)
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (INDIANA STATE LISTED FIRST)
Wednesday: Trent Lunsford, Fr., LHP (0-1, 1.86 ERA) vs. Mark Hendrick, Jr., RHP (0-0, 5.62 ERA)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State takes a break from Missouri Valley Conference action Wednesday evening as they entertain the Austin Peay State University Governors for a mid-week non-conference battle. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. (ET)
The Sycamores (17-7) are looking add another win to their season after dropping two of three to visiting Illinois State in a weekend Missouri Valley Conference series. Austin Peay (10-17) was swept by Murray State over the weekend and will play at Western Kentucky Tuesday.
Indiana State will probably start freshman left handed pitcher Trent Lunsford (0-1) who will come into the game with a 1.86 ERA. He has made eight appearances this season with three starts. The freshman has pitched 19.1 innings in allowing seven runs (four earned) on 17 hits while striking out 14 and walking five
Austin Peay will counter with junior right hander Mark Hendrick (0-0) who will come into the game with a 5.62 ERA. He has made five appearances this season including two starts. The junior has thrown just eight innings in allowing 10 runs (five earned) on 15 hits while striking out three and walking three.
It will be “Family Night” on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium with fans urged to bring the family out to the ballpark where they will receive two tickets free of charge with two the purchase of two adult tickets. Pets are a big part of most families and the Sycamores will mark their Second Annual “Bark in the Park” night by encouraging fans to bring their dogs with them to the ballgame. Donations will be accepted for the Humane Society of the Wabash Valley.
The Sycamores will wrap up their current home stand this weekend when they host the Wichita State Shockers in another weekend Missouri Valley Conference series. The two Valley schools open play at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Friday with Saturday’s game set to be televised by WTWO-TV with a 2:05 p.m. (ET) start. Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. (ET).
Indiana State and Austin Peay State will meet for the 40th time on the baseball diamond when the two teams square off Wednesday night. The Sycamores lead the overall series 23-16 and hold a 13-3 edge in games played on Bob Warn Field since the series began in 1988. The two teams played twice a year ago with the Governors winning at Austin Peay 6-5 in the first meeting of the season and the Sycamores taking the return game at home 8-1.
Last Time Out
The Sycamores dropped their second Missouri Valley Conference series of the season and the first one at home as the visiting Illinois State Redbirds took a seven-inning 11-1 victory on Sunday. Illinois State won the series opener on Friday 5-2 but the Sycamores came back to capture the Saturday game 9-2 to even the series.
David Stagg (4-2) started for Indiana State Friday and was one of five pitchers used in the contest as they combined to allow five runs, all earned, on nine hits while striking out eight and walking nine. Indiana State struck first in the game but could not hold the lead as the Redbirds cross the plate five times before the Sycamores could tack on another run in the bottom of the ninth.
Brad Lombard (5-0) started his seventh game of the season and earned his fifth victory without a loss on Saturday with help from a pair of relievers as the combined to limit the Redbirds to two runs, both earned, on 10 hits while striking out six and walking six. Illinois State struck first in this game but it was the Sycamores who cross the plate nine times before giving up another run to the Redbirds, that in the top of the ninth.
Kurt Kudrecki (3-3) started for the Sycamores on Sunday but did not make it out of the fourth inning. Illinois State tagged Kudrecki and two relievers for 11 runs, seven earned, on seven hits while striking out just three times and walking eight. Indiana State mounted an effort to extend the game beyond the MVC’s 10-run rule in the bottom of the seventh but managed just a single run.
Sycamores Move Up In RPI
Indiana State currently ranks 25th in RPI nationally according to WarrenNolen.com and has a 4-3 record against teams in the top 50 including two wins over Ohio State (43rd) and wins over Indiana (16th) and Illinois State (21st). One of the two losses was to the Auburn Tigers (46th) with two against Illinois State.
In the Rankings
Jacob Hayes leads the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks 10th nationally in triples (4) and while leading the MVC and ranked 16th nationally in triples per game (0.17).
Brad Lombard has five victories on the season which ranks second in the Valley and 19th nationally.
Ryan Keaffaber leads the Valley in saves and ranks 23rd in the nation with six saves on the season.
Indiana State has three in the top 10 of players toughest to strike out in the Valley led by Landon Curry (second at 17.3) and followed by Tyler Wampler (third at 13.7) and Derrick Hannahs (fifth at 10.9).
Hannahs also ranks second in the Valley for sacrifice bunts (5) and fourth in sacrifice bunts per game (0.21) while Curry is fifth in stolen bases (11) and stolen bases per game (0.46).