WICHITA, Kan. -- Indiana State took down second-seeded Dallas Baptist 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament played at Eck Stadium hosted by Wichita State. Indiana State improves to 28-24, while Dallas Baptist falls to 41-12. The Sycamores have now won seven of their past eight games, and 12 of their past 15. DBU was ranked 12th entering the MVC tournament.
In the third inning, the Sycamores broke up the scoreless tie. Kaden Moore led off with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Landon Curry then doubled to right center field to bring home Moore and put the Sycamores up 1-0 after two and a half innings.
The Sycamores added a single run to the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Moore, Tyler Friis and Landon Curry each singled to load the bases with one out in the fifth. Jacob Hayes legged out an infield hit to bring home Moore as Indiana State went up 2-0 after four and a half innings.
At the plate, Curry finished 3-for-3 with an RBI. Moore went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Hayes was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Owen, Connor McClain and Friis added a hit in the contest.
On the mound, Jeff Degano (8-3) started and threw 8-plus innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out nine. Degano has now struck out 126 hitters this season, tying him for the most in a single season in Indiana State baseball history.
Austin Conway (8) earned the save, coming on in relief in the ninth inning. Dallas Baptist entered the contest hitting .295 as a team and leading the Missouri Valley in most offensive categories, but was held to three hits on the day.
ISU will now face off against Bradley on Thursday afternoon. Bradley defeated Evansville 9-2 in the opening game of the MVC tournament.