Baseball Bears pound Indiana State, 16-4
Missouri State scored in each of the first six innings and plated a season-high 16 runs on the way to 16-4 Missouri Valley Conference win at Indiana State in a seven-inning contest Saturday afternoon at Sycamore Field in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Bears improved to 32-14 overall and 15-5 in the league, while the Sycamores fell to 13-28 and 6-11 in MVC play.
Indiana State’s Matt Shelton walked the bases loaded on 14 pitches to open the game and Ben Carlson drove in Ben Woodbury with a sacrifice fly to deep center for the first run. Chris Playter followed with an RBI single, but the Bears left two in scoring position after taking a 2-0 lead.
The Sycamores got one back with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning. Dave Brumagin struck out but reached first on a passed ball, then was sacrificed to second on what should have been the third out before Brady Shoemaker doubled him home.
MSU got that run back in the second after Aaron Conway was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a Dallas Hord single. Woodbury followed that with an RBI double to knock Shelton (3-5) out of the game after recording just three outs. Keane drew his second walk from reliever Brendon Smith and Drake pulled a single through the left side to score Woodbury. Playter drove in Keane with a sac fly to finish the four-run inning with the Bears leading 6-1.
Woodbury tripled home Ryan Mantle with two outs in the third and Keane singled him home before scoring when Drake sent the next pitch to left-center for an RBI double. Carlson notched a fourth consecutive hit to drive in Drake as the Bears scored four two-out runs in the third to extend the advantage to 10-1.
Josh Mazzola led off the fourth with his third home run of the series and ninth of the season to get the margin to 10 runs at 11-1, but gave the run back on a throwing error to home in the bottom half, allowing Pascual Del Real to score after drawing a leadoff walk.
The Bears got the leadoff man on for a fifth consecutive inning when Keane tripled into the right field corner. Playter drove him in with a fielder’s choice for a 12-2 score.
Then in the sixth, Mantle led off with a single, Conway reached on an error and Hord walked to load the bases with no outs. Woodbury cleared them with his second triple of the afternoon to set a new career-high with five RBIs. Woodbury scored when Matt Welch lifted a pop fly that the second baseman caught on the right field line to cap the Bears’ third four-run inning of the game for a 16-2 lead.
Indiana State scored single runs in the sixth and seventh but could not get the deficit under nine runs to extend the game beyond seven innings.
Buddy Baumann (5-3) threw six innings, scattering four hits and allowing one earned run for the victory.
MSU goes for the sweep Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT).