TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The visiting Illinois (Chicago) Flames scored two runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back on Wednesday, topping the Indiana State baseball team to earn a 6-2 road victory.
The loss snaps Indiana State's five-game winning streak, dropping the Sycamores to 11-8 on the season. UIC claimed their third straight win, improving to 10-11 overall.
UIC's Alex Grunenwald put the Flames ahead in the top of the first inning, dropping a two-out, two-run single over senior Robby Ort at second base to plate the game's first runs. Illinois (Chicago) went on to score one run in the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth innings.
Indiana State avoided the shutout in the ninth inning, as redshirt sophomore Jacob Hayes lined a pitch past the second baseman to plate redshirt senior Koby Kraemer from second base. Sophomore Landon Curry reached on bases loaded fielder's choice to UIC's shortstop for Indiana State's second run. The Sycamores brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but junior Cody Zimmerman lined out to center to end the game. Zimmerman finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate with a double.
UIC's Mike McKinley allowed just one hit and no runs over seven innings on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the season. ISU's Tyler Fehringer took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits over three innings.
Indiana State hits the road for their next seven games, beginning with a three-game series this weekend at preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Missouri State.
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