Indiana State fell to 17-7 on the season and 2-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference as they dropped their second conference series of the season. Illinois State took a 5-2 win in the opening game on Friday with the Sycamore rebounding for a 9-2 win on Saturday.
Kurt Kudrecki (3-3) started on the mound for Indiana State and lasted 3.1 innings before Austin Conway took over in the fourth. Conway faced just four batters before he was replaced by A.J. McElderry who finished the contest. The Sycamores gave up 11 runs, seven earned, on seven hits while stirking out just three and walking eight.
Jeremy Rhoades (2-2) had his best outing of the season for Illinois State as he went the distance and struck out a season high 12 Sycamores. He only walked one and gave up one unearned run on three hits.
Rhoades had a perfect game going until the bottom of the fourth when Cody Zimmerman reached on a single. Tyler Wampler singled in the bottom of the fifth but he, too, was left stranded. Indiana State did mount a charge in the bottom of the seventh as Tony Rosselli reached on an error and took second on a wild pitch.
Taylor Steen walked before Brian Romero struck out for the first out of the inning. Wampler hit into a fielder’s choice that got Rosselli out at third but Jeff Zahn followed with a single to left that scored Steen as the Sycamores avoided the shut out. Indiana State hoped they had some two out magic left in them from Saturday night but Connor McClain’s line drive towards left was snagged out of the air by the Redbird third baseman to end the game.
The Sycamores will be back in action on the home field this Wednesday night when they entertain Austin Peay in a mid-week non-conference battle at 6 p.m. (ET). Indiana State will also be home for their next weekend conference series as they host Wichita State for three games starting Friday.
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