EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Indiana State used a four-run seventh inning Wednesday to defeat SIUE 5-1 in non-conference baseball at Simmons Baseball Complex.
SIUE dropped to 24-25 with the loss. Indiana State improved to 37-12.
Indiana State got a three-run double from Rob Ort in the seventh. The Sycamores loaded the bases with a pair of hits, including a sacrifice bunt in which the runner reached, and a fielder's choice. Jon Hedges followed with an RBI single to make it 5-1. Ort was 2 for 5 with the three RBIs. Hedges also was 2 for 3.
"We were playing toe to toe with them and then we blew up," Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We didn't get an out on the sacrifice bunt. The next thing you know they have four runs."
Brooks McDowell (2-4) suffered the loss for the Cougars. McDowell allowed three runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings of work. He struck out one.
The Cougars trailed 1-0 in the fifth when Zach Hawkins came up with a two-out, RBI single to score Joel Greatting and tie the game. Greatting had reached on a two-out double off the center field fence. Hawkins finished the game 2 for 4 with the RBI. Greatting was 1 for 3 with the run scored. Mitch Matecki was the only other Cougar with more than a single hit. He was 2 for 5. The Cougars scratched out just six hits, and left 10 runners on base.
"We had guys in scoring position and no one wanted to step up and drive them in," Collins added.
Tyler Pazik (2-0) earned the win in relief for Indiana State. Pazik tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out two.
SIUE next hosts Jacksonville State in the final home series of the season. The Cougars and Gamecocks open the series with a 6 p.m. game Friday.