INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Indiana State Falls to Georgia Tech in Nashville Regional
NASHVILLE – Indiana State baseball saw its season come to a close Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Nashville Regional, falling to No. 2 seed Georgia Tech 9-0 at Hawkins Field. The Sycamores finished the year with a 31-21 overall record and a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Georgia Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and did not look back. In a 25-minute top of the first, the Yellow Jackets thrived at the plate with four base hits, including three extra-base hits while drawing three walks. Three different Indiana State pitchers struggled to find the zone, issuing first-pitch balls to eight of the nine GT batters faced in the frame.
Luke Waddell led off the game with a home run on the second pitch he saw from Connor Cline. After a walk was issued to the Yellow Jacket two-hole hitter Tres Gonzalez, Drew Compton homered to right field to extend the lead to 3-0. Georgia Tech added a fourth run on a sacrifice fly before Jake Ridgway was able to close out the inning.
Tech added a fifth run in the second inning when Gonzalez doubled off the wall in left before coming home on a base hit up the middle from Parada forcing the Sycamores to go to their fourth pitcher of the day. Compton added his second home run of the day in the fourth — a solo shot to left to extend the Georgia Tech lead to 6-0 and the rest was academic.
Cline took the loss for the Sycamores and finished his season 4-3 on the mound. The right-hander allowed three runs on a walk and two home runs in a third of an inning. Javin Drake pitched 2.2 innings and struck out four while Tyler Grauer tossed 2.2 innings, allowing a run while retiring one on a strikeout.
Andy Archer was strong for the Yellow Jackets on the mound improving to 5-5 on the season.