TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State scored four times in the first inning Thursday then cruised to a 10-2 win over visiting SIUE in baseball at Bob Warn Field.
"It was an ugly game," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We pretty much lost in the first two innings. We put too many guys on base again."
SIUE (8-8) took a 1-0 lead with three first-inning hits against Sycamore starter Kyle Rupe. Travis Becherer got lined a one-out double over first base and then scored on a single by Mitch Matecki. Devin Caldwell followed with a double down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Zach Hawkins flied out to center field driving home Matecki with what appeared to be a sacrifice fly, but Matecki was called out for leaving early from third base.
Rupe settled in to allow just four hits total over the next four innings. He earned the win for Indiana State to improve to 3-0. He allowed just the single run on seven hits. He struck out two and did not walk a hitter. The Cougars managed just two hits against four Sycamore releivers.
"I didn't see anything on offense that excited me today," Collins said.
The Sycamores (12-4) responded with the four-run first inning on three hits against SIUE starter Drew Staples. Indiana State was helped out by a walk and an error. Staples retired the first hitter before Koby Kraemer bunted to the right side of the infield. Stapled fielded the ball, then spun towards first, but his throw was high and wide of first allowing Kramer to get to third. The next four hitters reached on three hits and the walk to make it 4-1.
"It boils down to big innings," Associate Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "If you look at every game we've lost there's a big inning. We've given up way too many big innings this year."
Staples (0-1) left in the fourth inning without recording an out. Indiana State loaded the bases on a single, a walk and a hit batter before Thad Hawkins took over in the inning. Staples allowed eight runs, five earned, on just four hits over three-plus innings. He waked two, struck out one and hit four batters.
"We're searching for someone to be the third starter," Collins added. "So far no one has stepped up."
Indiana State scored three runs in the fourth inning and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Hawkins allowed two runs 3 1/3 innings. Luke Ingersoll tossed the final 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He surrendered a single hit, struck out two and didn't walk a batter.
SIUE added a run in the top of the ninth when Chase Green connected on his team-leading third home run of the year, a solo-shot, with one out in the inning.
Green finished 1 for 4 with the homer. Matecki was 2 for 4 with the other RBI.
Robby Ort and Kyle Burnam each finished with three RBIs for Indiana State. Jon Hedges drove home two in the win.
SIUE hosts South Dakota State in a four-game series beginning Friday at Simmons Complex. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.