Behind 16 hits, including five for extra bases, the Indiana State baseball team picked up a 12-5 victory at Alabama A&M on Saturday at Bulldog Field in Huntsville, Ala.
Indiana State (1-1) got going in the first inning quickly, plating three runs. Sophomore Landon Curry led off the game by drawing a walk before junior Cody Zimmerman and senior Robby Ort loaded the bases with back-to-back singles. Junior transfer Mike Fitzgerald plated the first runs of the season for Indiana State, bringing Curry and Zimmerman home with a two-run single. After a sacrifice bunt by redshirt sophomore Jacob Hayes, redshirt senior Koby Kraemer made it 3-0 ISU with a sacrifice fly to left field.
After Alabama A&M (0-2) tallied single runs in the first and second innings, Indiana State plated two runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and one more in the fifth to take a 10-2 lead heading into the sixth. Indiana State tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth inning on a two-run triple by Zimmerman to earn a 12-5 road victory.
Curry (3-for-4), Ort (3-for-5), Fitzgerald (3-for-4) and junior Tyler Wampler (3-for-5) all had three hits, with Fitzgerald leading the team with three RBIs. Curry, Zimmerman and Ort all scored three runs. ISU’s 9-through-4 hitters combined to hit 14-for-22 at the plate against the Bulldogs.
Senior Devin Moore (1-0) earned the victory, allowing five runs on six hits with five strikeouts in five innings. Four ISU relievers combined to blank the AAMU offense over the final innings while allowing just two hits.
Indiana State closes out the 2013 Bulldog Classic with a doubleheader against Morehead State today. The Eagles defeated Alabama A&M 11-0 on Friday before topping IPFW 11-6 on Saturday. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for noon.