Leeper 2015
Wayne McPherson
Southeast Missouri SEMO 31-20
Indiana State INS 24-23
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Southeast Missouri SEMO 1 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 7 9 1
Indiana State INS 1 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 X 8 12 2

W: Cheek, Ryan (2-0) L: HAYES, Travis (7-6) S: Schwienebart, Connor (1)

Game Recap: Baseball |

Redhawks Swept By Sycamores; Drop Game Three, 8-7

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Southeast Missouri suffered a three-game series sweep with an 8-7 loss Sunday to the Indiana State Sycamores. Southeast had the tying run on in both the eighth and ninth innings but failed to drive in the run.

This is the second time Southeast has suffered a series sweep this season; they were swept by Illinois State, Feb. 20-21. Southeast is now 31-20 on the season while Indiana State climbs past .500 at 24-23.

Southeast lost three straight one-run games to the Sycamores on the weekend.

Junior Hunter Leeper took a crack at history Sunday afternoon and played seven positions on the field, falling two short of playing all nine. He played all positions except catcher and pitcher.

With Jason Blum on second and two out, Andy Lennington drilled a base hit through the left side to score Blum and put Southeast on top, 1-0 in the opening frame.

An RBI double by Andy Young in the bottom of the first scored Landon Curry, tying the game at 1-1.

A solo home run by Kaden Moore in the bottom of the second inning put the Sycamores on top, 2-1.

With runners on second and third and two out in the bottom of the third, Trevor Ezell committed a throwing error on a groundball, allowing both runs to score. An RBI base hit to left center plated another run, widening the Sycamore lead to 5-1 after three innings.

The Redhawks got two runs back in the top of the fourth inning. Dalton Hewitt bunted for a hit to start the inning. Hewitt stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Leeper singled to left center to plate Hewitt. Ezell reached on a fielder's choice that the shortstop botched at second base, allowing Leeper to score and narrowing the Sycamore lead to 5-3.

An RBI groundout to first for Curry put ISU back on top by three runs, 6-3, in the bottom of the inning.

A sacrifice fly by Hewitt in the top of the fifth to score Branden Boggetto made it 6-4.

A run scored in each the fifth and sixth innings for the Sycamores to double the lead; 8-4 after six innings. The seventh inning was the first inning that Indiana State was held scoreless in a frame.

With bases loaded and one out, Ryan Rippee reached on a fielder's choice to get Lennington out at third, scoring a run on the play. Leeper doubled to centerfield to plate the two runners and cut the Indiana State lead to one run, 8-7, in the top of the seventh inning.

Southeast had the tying run on in both the eighth and ninth innings but couldn't drive him in.

The Redhawks were outhit for the first time in the series, 12-9. Indiana State made two errors while Southeast committed one.

Lennington had a trio of hits on the day with a run batted in. Leeper was 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. Leeper finished the series 8-for-14 with two home runs and five RBI.

Travis Hayes (7-6) suffered the loss. Hayes pitched four and a third innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. Hayes fanned five and walked none. Jacob Lawrence pitched two and a third scoreless innings to close the game for Southeast.

Hunter Owen went 3-for-4 for the Sycamores while Brian Romero and Young each had two hits.

Sycamore reliever Ryan Cheek (2-0) earned the win. Cheek pitched one inning of perfect baseball. Starter Greg Kuhlman pitched only four and a third innings. He allowed four runs on five hits. Connor Schwienebart earned his first save of the season after closing the game in the ninth.

The Redhawks will return to action Thursday when they take on Ohio Valley Conference foe Belmont in Nashville, Tennessee for the regular season finale.
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