“Obviously we have a club over there who are extremely disappointed,” Mitch Hannahs, Indiana State baseball coach, said. “This is a great group of young men who battled for us all year, who were picked at the bottom of our league, and who just basically came out every day and gave us every ounce that they had. We didn’t play well enough to win today but that does not diminish the kind of season they had this year.”
Junior left hander David Stagg (7-5) started for Indiana State and lasted 3.2 innings in being charged with five runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three. Senior right hander Kurt Kudrecki took over in the fourth and finishes the game, going 4.1 innings in shutting down the Penguin offense on two hits while striking out four and walking three.
Indiana State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first. Landon Curry doubled as he led off the Sycamore first with a hit for the second straight game. The junior centerfield advanced to third as Jacob Hayes grounded and scored Indiana State’s first run on a wild pitch that also resulted in a walk to Mike Fitzgerald. However, the Sycamores could not push over another run in the inning.
Youngstown State tied the game up in the second and then took the lead with two in the third.
The Sycamores got another run in the fourth. Manuel Estevez led off the inning with a single into right center but is out at second as Tyler Wampler hits into a fielder’s choice. Wampler went on to steal second and advance to third on Jeff Zahn’s single into right and scored as Connor McClain singled into right. Indiana State was able to move runners in scoring position but was unable to get them home.
The Penguins picked up two more in the fourth with one scoring on a sacrifice fly before David Stagg was relieved by Kurt Kudrecki with two outs. The second came in on a single up the middle before Kudrecki could get the Sycamores out of the inning.
Indiana State left 11 runners on base during the game as they could not come up with the quality at-bats and timely hits that they needed to rally for the win. Landon Curry, Jeff Zahn, and Connor McClain had two singles each while Jacob Hayes, Manuel Estevez, Tyler Wampler, and Derek Hannahs had a single each.
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