MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Browning picked up a win in relief for Indiana State on Sunday in a 9-4 series-clinching win over Minnesota at the Metrodome.
Browning, a redshirt senior lefthander, Greg Kuhlman, Tyler Fehringer and Josh Dove combined to allow just three hits over the final 3.2 innings of the game.
“Browning and those guys did a great job out of the pen,” said Indiana State head coach Rick Heller. “It was a great series win for us.”
Koby Kraemer hit a grand slam into the seats in left-center field seats in the sixth inning, the biggest blow of the game for ISU (7-7), which had been no-hit through the first five innings by Minnesota (12-8) starter Alec Crawford and Lance Thonvold.
The Gophers got to ISU starter Daniel Peterson for one run in the fifth. Reliever Josh Negele struggled, allowing all three batters he faced to reach as Minnesota extended the lead to 3-0.
That’s when Mt. Carmel’s Browning entered. He got the final two outs to shut the door on the Gophers and not allow any further damage.
Even though Browning’s day was done, he was still the pitcher of record during ISU’s big sixth inning highlighted by Kraemer’s blast.
The Sycamores return to Terre Haute and Bob Warn Field for their next five games, hosting Austin Peay this Wednesday, March 20, at 3:00 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference play starts this weekend as Southern Illinois travels to Terre Haute on March 22-24.