Sycamores jumps out to an early lead and capitalizes on Cutts’ strong start to a 10-1 win over Illinois State

NORMAL, sick. – Indiana State applied the pressure early and never gave up as the Sycamores evened the weekend series with a 10-1 victory Saturday afternoon over Illinois State at Duffy Bass Field.

The Sycamores (28-8, 11-3) loaded the bases with the first five batters reaching base in the top of the first inning on Saturday afternoon against ILS starter Tyrelle Chadwick (3-4) by jumping out to a early 3-0 lead. Parker Stinson And Randal Diaz both homered to pace a 10-hit Indiana State offensive attack, while Grant Magill drove in three runs as the Sycamores kept the Redbirds off balance throughout the game to even the series.

Brennyn Cutts (5-1) was masterful on the mound for Indiana State as the redshirt junior made his third straight quality start and picked up the win. Cutts pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the first inning, surrendering only a leadoff single to Daniel Pacella in the fourth and a leadoff single to Daniel Contreras in the fifth to keep Illinois State off the board. He retired the last 10 batters he faced and completed a 7.0 innings, two-hit, six-strikeout game on the mound.

The Sycamores put the game away in the top of the seventh inning when Magill hit a two-run single in the frame and Hendrik Brown followed by a pinch-hit RBI sacrifice fly, while Zach Davidson And Max McEwen worked the final two innings on the mound to close out the win.

Diaz, Dominic Listiand Magill all had two hits apiece for the Sycamores in the win. Luis Hernández, Adam PottingerAnd Mike Sears all doubled, while three ISU players were hit by pitches. Stinson added his third stolen base of the game.

Chadwick took the loss by allowing five hits and five runs while walking four over 3.0 innings on the mound. Erik Kubiatowicz, Lawson Minshew, Braden Roesch and MacCallan Conklin entered the final six innings to close out the game.

How they scored

  • Indiana State scored three runs in the top of the first inning Parker Stinson And Adam Pottinger walked with the bases loaded, while Jose Urdaneta beat the fielder’s choice causing Luis Hernández to score and give the Sycamores an early 3-0 lead.
  • Stinson connected on a 400-foot home run to right-center in the top of the third inning Mike Sears added an RBI double to left center to score Hernandez, putting Indiana State up 5-0.
  • Randal Diaz added to Sycamore’s lead in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left center, giving Indiana State a 6-0 lead.
  • Grant Magill singled for Stinson and Sears in the top of the seventh inning, while Hendrik Brown connected on a sacrifice fly to center scoring center Urdaneta, putting Indiana State ahead 9-0.
  • Magill singled up the middle in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Pottinger to give the Sycamores a 10-0 lead.
  • Auggie Rasmussen put Illinois State on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth inning with a leadoff solo home run to right center that provided the final 10-1 margin.

News and notes

  • Indiana State added two more home runs to their 2024 total with Parker Stinson (11) and Randal Diaz (8) both go deep in Saturday afternoon’s match. It was the fifth straight game with multiple home runs and the 17th game overall this season, giving the Sycamores a total of 58 home runs on the year.
  • Jose Urdaneta Saturday afternoon, his on-base streak extended to 25 consecutive games when the second baseman walked and was hit by a pitch in the game.
  • Since the start of the final series of the 2022 season, Indiana State has posted a 37-6-1 record in MVC play.
  • The Sycamores went a perfect 15-0 in the second game of the series that dates back to the end of the 2022 season.
  • Brennyn Cutts posted his third straight quality start as the junior right-hander pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two hits while striking out six. It was Cutts’ third game (Murray State, Bradley, Illinois State). He allowed two or fewer hits and struck out at least six batters.
  • Cutts lowered his MVC-leading ERA to 2.39 over 52.2 innings while lowering his opponent’s batting average to .188. He has posted a 5-1 record this year with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 54:22.

Next one

Indiana State concludes its weekend series against the Redbirds at Duffy Bass Field tomorrow afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM ET and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

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