Sycamores Wrap Up Regular Season On The Road
May 13, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State begins the final week of the 2014 regular season on Tuesday when they play the first of four road games in five days at Purdue. First pitch at Alexander Field is set for 6:30 p.m. (ET).
Indiana State will then have a day off on Wednesday before travelling to Peoria, Ill., for the final Missouri Valley Conference series against the Bradley Braves. The two teams will play three games with the first pitch at 1 p.m. (ET) Thursday, 7 p.m. (ET) Friday, and 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday. All three games will be played at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs who are the Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Time Change For Thursday Game At Bradley
The start time for the Thursday game at Bradley was moved up to 1 p.m. (ET) due to a conflict in scheduling at the ballpark in Peoria, Ill.
All three games with Bradley will be played at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs who are the Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Peoria will be hosting the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, in a battle of Midwest League West division teams this weekend.
Peoria and Wisconsin play at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday which resulted in the Indiana State-Bradley game being moved up to an afternoon contest. The Chiefs and Timber Rattlers will play at 12:00 p.m. (ET) Friday and 7:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday before wrapping up their series at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
Indiana State and Bradley will play at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday and again at 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday to wrap up their three game series.
Purdue Next Up For Sycamores
Indiana State (33-13, 12-6 MVC) will be back on the road Tuesday as they visit the Purdue Boilermakers (12-35, 5-16 Big Ten) in their final non-conference game of the 2014 season. Starting pitchers for both clubs have not been determined as yet.
Indiana State and Purdue have met 66 times on the baseball field with the Sycamores holding a 36-28 edge in the series with two games ending in a tie. Indiana State has won the last three meetings including a 10-3 victory in Terre Haute on April 22. The Sycamores swept the season series in 2013 as they won 4-3 at Purdue and 10-5 in Terre Haute. The last Purdue win came in 2012 when the Boilermakers were ranked 13th in the country and held off a determined Sycamore team 2-1 in 10 innings.
The Boilermakers are on a six game losing streak and have dropped eight of their last nine with their only victory in that streak an 8-6 triumph over Illinois State in Normal, Ill. Purdue was swept in their last two conference series at Indiana and at Minnesota.
Senior third baseman Sean McHugh is leading Purdue at the plate with a .302 batting average. He has started all 47 games and leads the team with 57 hits including team highs in doubles (13), home runs (4), and RBI 927). Sophomore Kyle Wood is batting .295 with 46 hits including eight doubles and three home runs and 13 RBI.
This is a return game for the two schools as Indiana State defeated the Boilermakers 10-3 on Apr. 22 in the Sycamores first game at home after a nine-game road trip.
Trent Lunsford started for Indiana State and went four innings, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before running into trouble in the fifth. Nick Kolarik made his 20th appearance of the season as he took over with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth to stop the Boilermaker rally. He went on to record th win and improve to 4-1 on the season.
The Sycamores took control in the second inning when they scored six runs on four hits. Connor McClain and Tyler Wampler reached after being hit by a pitch, Jeff Zahn and Derek Hannahs each singled to drive in a run each with Landon Curry and Cody Zimmerman each drawing a walk to score the third Sycamore run. Jacob Hayes kept the offense going with a single up the middle to score two more as Indiana State took a 5-0 lead without recording an out. Michael Eberle doubled in the final run.
Purdue was able to score a pair of runs in the fifth but could not get any more across despite having the bases loaded. The Boilermakers added one more run in the eighth but never threatened the Sycamore lead.
Indiana State came up with their seventh run of the game in the fifth as Wampler reached on an infield single, advanced to third on Zahn’s double to left, and scored as Hannahs grounded out to the shortstop.
The Sycamores pushed three more across in the seventh with two outs. Hannahs singled through the right side and went to second on a wild pitch before Curry and Zimmerman each walked to load the bases. Hayes singled up the middle to score one run and Mike Fitzgerald singled to center to score the final two Indiana State runs.
The Sycamores scored 10 runs on 12 hits. Jacob Hayes and Jeff Zahn were both 3-for-5 on the night with each hitting a double and two singles. Derek Hannahs had two singles while Michael Eberle had a double, and Landon Curry, Mike Fitzgerald, and Tyler Wampler had a single each.
Sycamores 4-2 Against Big Ten Conference
Indiana State is doing well against Big Ten Conference teams this year. The Sycamores split with Indiana, defeating the Hoosiers 12-8 in Terre Haute on March 26 but losing at Indiana 8-4 on Apr. 9. Indiana State owns two wins over Ohio State (7-3 and 8-6) in games played at Port Charlotte, Fla., but lost at Illinois (8-0). Indiana State defeated Purdue 10-3 on Apr. 22.
Tight Race For Top Seed At Valley Tournament
Evansville and Indiana State swept to series wins in Missouri Valley Conference action while Dallas Baptist took two of three at Wichita State as the race for the top seeds in the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament continues.
The Aces (33-17, 14-4) have all but locked up the top spot in the conference tournament after sweeping Illinois State over the weekend as they hold a two-game lead over second place Indiana State (33-13, 12-6). Since Evansville holds the tie breaker over Indiana State, the Sycamores could only win their second regular season title in three years if Evansville is swept at Missouri State and Indiana State wins all three at Bradley.
Dallas Baptist (32-18, 11-7) moved into third place by winning two of three at Wichita State (26-26, 10-8) with the Shockers and Illinois State (30-18, 10-8) tied for fourth. Wichita State visits the Redbirds for their final MVC series this week. Missouri State (21-28, 7-11) is currently sixth with Southern Illinois (25-26, 4-14) and Bradley (22-23, 4-14) tied for seventh.
The final MVC series of the regular season games this week has Indiana State at Bradley, Wichita State at Illinois State, Evansville at Missouri State, and Southern Illinois at Dallas Baptist.