Sycamores Power Past Shockers

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State hit a season best four home runs Thursday night at Bob Warn Field to take down the visiting Shockers of Wichita State, 13-6 in the series opener. The victory moved the Sycamores to 26-23 overall and 11-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference, needing just one more win this weekend to clinch the No. 3 seed for the upcoming MVC Tournament.
 
Clay Dungan led the charge for the Sycamores, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. It marked the second straight game that the sophomore sent a ball over the wall. It was Dungan that put the Sycamores in front for good in the bottom of the first after the Shockers (26-27, 9-10 MVC) homered on the second pitch of the game. Dungan took a 1-0 pitch and sent it over the right field wall, scoring Dane Giesler who walked earlier in the inning.
 
The Sycamores continued to pour it on over the next two innings, scoring a trio of runs in both the second and third. Senior Cody Gardner kicked off the outburst in the second with a two-run double before Giesler singled in a run.
 
Seniors Tony Rosselli and Jeff Zahn each smashed home runs in the third inning to make it an 8-2 game. Dominic Bifano joined the home run parade in the fifth when he turned on a ball, sending the first pitch he saw over the wall in right. The Shockers cut the ISU lead to 9-6 in the seventh, but the Sycamores pushed across four more runs in the eighth inning to cement the win.
 
Sycamore starting pitcher Will Kincanon fell and out shy of the minimum as he earned the no decision. The Riverside, Illinois native allowed just three earned runs in 4.2 innings, but struggled with his control as he issued five walks to the Shockers. The right-hander struck out three on the night.
 
Ethan Larrison pitched a solid 2.2 innings out of the bullpen as he picked up his third win of the season, improving to 3-2.  Austin Conway and Triston Polley closed out the game for the Sycamores by combining to no-hit WSU in the final 1.2 innings.
 
WSU starter Zach Lewis (4-4) was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs in four innings. Trey Vickers went 3-of-5 at the plate for the visitors.
 
Game two of the series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET Friday night from Bob Warn Field. The action will air live on The Valley On ESPN3 as well as Sycamore All-Access via GoSycamores.com.


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