WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Trace Knoblauch scored on an infield grounder in the bottom of the 10th inning as Indiana claimed a 7-6 win over Jacksonville State on Tuesday afternoon at the Russ Matt Central Florida games.
Ryan Halstead (2-0) picked up the win for the Hoosiers, while Todd Hornsby
(1-2) suffered the loss for the Gamecocks after allowing just one hit in 1 1/3 innings. It snapped an eight game winning streak for Jax State as the Gamecocks record falls to 11-4.
Indiana (10-4) rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after the Gamecocks took a 6-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game to force the extra frame.
Jax State's Ben Waldrip
, who finished the day 3-for-4, was thrown out at the plate for the third out in the top of the 10, before Indiana was able to claim the win in the home half of the extra frame on an grounder to first with the infield drawn in.
Indiana took an early lead after scoring a run in the first inning, but the Gamecocks tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Bishop
to score Kyle Bluestein
The Hoosiers answered in the bottom of the fifth to build a 3-1 lead on a Dustin DeMuth RBI single and a RBI double by Wes Wilson.
Jax State battled back to tie the game in the sixth inning after Waldrip was hit by a pitch with two outs, and Bluestein followed with a two-run home run over the left field fence to make the score 3-3.
The Gamecocks then took their first lead in the top of the ninth inning after Waldrip hit the first pitch of the inning over the right field fence for a 4-3 JSU lead. Scott Underwood
followed with a single and Stephen Barlett reached on a two-out walk, before Michael Bishop
had a RBI single to left center to score Underwood and give JSU a 5-3 lead.Coty Blanchard
then singled to right field to score Bishop and extend the Gamecocks lead to 6-3, heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.
Indiana led off with back-to-back singles to chase JSU reliever Hunter Rivers
. T.C. Knipp then reached on a Gamecock throwing error, and then the Hoosiers pulled to within 6-5 on the second JSU error of the inning with runners on the corner. The Gamecocks then turned a double play, but Indiana tied the game at 6-6 to force the extra frame.
Waldrip and Underwood each had three hits for the Gamecocks, while Blanchard, Bluestein and Michael Bishop
each had two hits.
Jacksonville State returns to the field with a pair of nine-inning games schedule for Wednesday. The Gamecocks will play Navy at 9 a.m., followed by the second game of the day against Bradley at 12:30 p.m. Live stats will be available at JSUGamecockSports.com.