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Flat Sycamores Fall To Bradley 6-2 In MVC Opener

May 21, 2014


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The second seeded Indiana State Sycamores could not get their offense going as they dropped their opening game of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Tuesday with the seventh seeded Bradley Braves posting a 6-2 triumph.


It was the third upset in the four games on the first day of the tournament as Illinois State won over Wichita State 6-0 and Southern Illinois routed top seeded Evansville 9-1. Only Dallas Baptist, the third seed, escaped the upset bug, as they edged sixth seeded Missouri State 3-2 in 10 innings.


“We didn't come to the park tonight with the urgency you need in post-season play,” Mitch Hannahs, Indiana State coach, said.


Indiana State (35-15) will play at 12:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday against the Missouri State Bears (23-30) in one of two consolation round games during the morning session. Wichita State (29-27) and Evansville (34-20) play the first game at 9 a.m. The afternoon session will feature Illinois State (31-21) and Southern Illinois (26-29) at 4 p.m. followed by Dallas Baptist (37-18) and Bradley (24-25) at 7:30 p.m.


Bradley jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Chris Godinez led off with a double to left center and scored on Spencer Gaa’s single to right field. Indiana State got out of the inning by turning their 47th double play of the season.


The Braves extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second and again it was the 1-2 hitters that did most of the damage. Godinez hit a one out single and came arouind to score as Gaa doubled. Max Murphy followed with a two-run home run over the left center field fence that put Bradley in front by four.


Indiana State broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the third with one run but the inning could have been much bigger. Connor McClain led off the inning with a single into left center and came around to score as Derek Hannahs doubled off the wall in left center. Landon Curry reached on a fielder’s choice when Hannahs was caught between second and third but Cody Zimmerman walked and Jacob Hayes reach on a single into right to load the bases with just one out. However, Indiana State could not take advantage with two straight outs.


Greg Partyka led off the Bradley seventh with a triple to right fgield and scored as Tyler Leffler reached on a Sycamore error. Leffler made it a 6-1 game later on as he scored on Isaac Smith’s sacrifice fly.


The Sycamores did get a run back in the bottom of the seventh. McClain walked with one out and advanced to second as Hannahs singled to center. Curry reached on a fielder’s choice that got Hannahs at second but McClain was able to make it to third from where he scored as Cody Zimmerman singled to center.


David Stagg (7-4) worked 4.1 innings in picking up the loss, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking one. Nick Kolarik worked two-thirds of an inning as he gave up a pair of runs on two hits while striking out one and walking none. Trent Lunsford was on the hill for the final four innings and shut out the Braves on three hits while striking out none and walking one.


Mike Fitzgerald led the Sycamore offense with three singles in four trips to the plate while Connor McClain had a pair of singles in two official at bats. Derek Hannahs had a double and a single in four trips with Cody Zimmerman and Jacob Hayes each hitting a single.

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