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Indiana State Sycamores
Indiana State Sycamores wordmark.svg
Founded1896
UniversityIndiana State University
Head coachMitch Hannahs (7th season)
ConferenceMissouri Valley
LocationTerre Haute, Indiana
Home stadiumBob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium
(Capacity: 2,000)
NicknameSycamores
ColorsRoyal Blue and White[1]
         
College World Series appearances
1986
NCAA Tournament appearances
1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987
1989, 1995, 2012, 2014, 2019
Conference tournament champions
Missouri Valley Conference:
1979, 1983, 1984, 1986
1989, 1995, 2019
Conference champions
Missouri Valley Conference:
1982 (East Division), 1983 (East Division)
1985 (Co-Champions), 2012

Indiana Collegiate Conference:
1957, 1958, 1964, 1966


Indiana Intercollegiate Conference:
1923, 1924, 1930, 1946, 1947, 1949


Indiana College Athletic League:
1919, 1920, 1921

The Indiana State Sycamores baseball team is the NCAA Division I baseball program of Indiana State University, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. It is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2019. Their first season was 1896. The Sycamores have had 12 All-Americans, 24 Major Leaguers, and more than 1,920 victories. The team's most successful season was in 1986, when the team appeared in the College World Series and finished with a record of 48–21. The Sycamores have appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 1979, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1995, 2012, 2014 and 2019.

They appeared in the NAIA Baseball World Series in 1958 and won an NAIA District Championship in 1964. In 2013, the 1958 team was honored on the 55th Anniversary of their appearance at the NAIA Baseball World Series.[2]

Past coaches include John Wooden, Bob Warn, Paul L. Wolf, and Wally Marks. The Sycamores play their home games at Sycamore Stadium at Bob Warn Field (900) and are coached by Mitch Hannahs; Hannahs was named as the 29th head coach on July 25, 2013 and returns to his alma mater following a 9-year stint as the head coach at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois. Hannahs was an assistant at Indiana State from 1995–1999 and the 2001 season. An All-American 2B for the Sycamores, Hannahs spent three seasons (1989–1991) in the Milwaukee Brewers system, spending two seasons in AA-ball with the El Paso Diablos of the Texas League.

Division I NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Sycamores have appeared in 10 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships. Their combined record is 10–20; they won the 1986 Mideast Regional and reached Regional Finals in 1989 and 2019.

Year Result Games
1979 Midwest Regional 0–2
1983 Mideast Regional 0–2
1984 Mideast Regional 1–2
1986 Mideast Regional 3–0
1986 College World Series 0–2
1987 Central Regional 1–2
1989 South Regional 2–2
1995 Midwest II Regional 1–2
2012 Eugene (OR) Regional 0–2
2014 Bloomington (IN) Regional 0–2
2019 Nashville Regional 2–2

National awards (1)[edit]

Year Player Organization
2010 Ryan Strausborger, CF Rawlings Gold Glove[3]

All-Americans (14)[edit]

Year Player Organization
1963 Harlan Lautenschlager, IF NAIA
1985 John Howes, P Baseball America
1979 Wallace Johnson, 2B CoSIDA NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship
1981 Marty Martino, 2B CoSIDA Academic All-American
1986 Paul Frye, OF Collegiate Baseball
1989 Mitch Hannahs, 2B ABCA, Baseball America
1990 Chad McDonald, 3B ABCA, Collegiate Baseball
1991 Mike Farrell, P/1B Collegiate Baseball
1992 John LaMar, OF ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball
1993 Casey Whitten, P ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball
1995 Todd Tatlock, DH ABCA, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA
1996 Dan Olson, OF ABCA, NCBWA
2014 Ryan Keaffaber, SP Louisville Slugger
2016 Tyler Ward, SP Louisville Slugger

Most Valuable Player[edit]

Conference (reg. season)[edit]

Conference Tournament (5)[edit]

All-Conference (113)[edit]

Only players selected for the conference first team are displayed; for second team and honorable mention, please consult the Indiana State baseball media guide at www.gosycamores.com

All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (35)[edit]

  • Henry Smith, (P) – 1954
  • Henry Smith, (P) – 1955
  • Henry Smith, (P) – 1957
  • Parker Eaton, (P) – 1958
  • Gerald Jeffries, (2B) – 1958
  • Paul Edgerton, (C) – 1958
  • Bill Gilkey, (OF) – 1958
  • Jim Bates, (OF) – 1958
  • Joe Decker, (SS) – 1962
  • Gary Cunning,[4] (C) – 1962
  • Paul Gries, (SS) – 1965
  • Larry Roesch, (2B) - 1965
  • Mike Harlan, (OF) – 1965
  • Randy Miller, (OF) – 1965
  • Paul Edgerton, (C) – 1965
  • Randy Miller, (OF) – 1966
  • Drew Thomas, (P) – 1966
  • Robert Warren, (P) – 1966
  • Alan Buell, (1B) – 1966
  • John Smith, (SS) – 1966
  • Mike Phillips, (3B) – 1966
  • Mike Harlan, (OF) – 1966
  • Steve Hollenbeck, C – 1966
  • Drew Thomas, (P) – 1967
  • Alan Buell, (1B) – 1967
  • Randy Miller, (2B)
  • Mike Harlan, (OF) – 1967
  • Mike Phillips, (3B) – 1967
  • Mike Lecklitner, (OF) – 1967
  • Steve Hollenbeck, (3B) – 1968
  • Dave Lecklitner, (C) – 1968
  • Nick Petrycki, (SS) – 1968
  • Mike Russell, (OF) – 1968
  • Drew Thomas, (P) – 1968
  • Mike Phillips, (1B) – 1968

All-Missouri Valley Conference (78)[edit]

  • Bill Hayes, (C) – 1977
  • Jay James, (3B) – 1977
  • Jeff Brisson, (OF) – 1977
  • Bill Hayes, (C) – 1978
  • Greg Baker, (OF) – 1978
  • Preston Williams, (1B) – 1979
  • Wallace Johnson, (2B) – 1979
  • Pete Piskol, (SS) – 1979
  • Greg Baker, (OF) – 1979
  • Mark Walberg, (P) – 1979
  • Pete Piskol, (SS) – 1979
  • Pat Dumochelle, (C) – 1980
  • Dave Browning, (DH) – 1980
  • Zane Smith, (P) – 1982
  • Pete Piskol, (SS) – 1982
  • Mark Walberg, (OF) – 1982
  • Rob Baker, (OF) – 1983
  • Brian Dorsett, (C) – 1983
  • Rod Zeratsky, (DH) – 1983
  • Tim Barrett, (P) – 1983
  • Mike Coin, (1B) – 1984
  • Scott Mann, (OF) – 1984
  • Rod Zeratsky, (C) – 1984
  • Tony Collins, (DH) – 1984
  • Blaise Ilsley, (P) – 1984
  • Boi Rodriguez, (3B) – 1985
  • Bob Zeihen, (OF) – 1985
  • Tony Collins, (DH) – 1985
  • Blaise Ilsley, (P) – 1985
  • Boi Rodriguez, (3B) – 1986
  • Paul Frye, (OF) – 1986
  • Mike Eberle, (C) – 1986
  • Mitch Hannahs, (2B) – 1987
  • Dan Roman, (SS) – 1987
  • Mike Eberle, (C) – 1987
  • Jamie Allison, (OF) – 1987
  • Mitch Hannahs, (Util) – 1988
  • Mitch Hannahs, (2B) – 1989
  • Chad McDonald, (3B) – 1989
  • Kurt Olson, (UT) – 1989
  • Mike Farrell, (DH) – 1990
  • Dave Doster, (2B) – 1992
  • Steve Ruckman, (3B) – 1992
  • John LaMar, (OF) – 1992
  • Stoney Burke, (C) – 1993
  • Demetrius Dowler, (OF) – 1993
  • Casey Whitten, (P) – 1993
  • Ric Johnson, (OF) – 1994
  • Jeff Leaman, (UT) – 1995
  • Todd Tatlock, (DH) – 1995
  • Ric Johnson, (OF) – 1995
  • Brad Finken, (P) – 1996
  • Dan Olson, (OF) – 1996
  • Rick Angell, (OF) – 1998
  • Tony Harden, (P) – 1998
  • Pete Hennecke, (IF) – 1998
  • Clint Barmes, (SS) – 2000
  • Mitch Stetter, (P) – 2000
  • Jason Frome, (OF) – 2001
  • Nevin Ashley, (C) – 2006
  • Ryan Strausborger, 2B – 2008
  • Ryan Strausborger, UT – 2009
  • Brady Shoemaker, OF – 2009
  • Nick Ciolli, OF – 2009
  • Joe Rodriguez, (SP) – 2009
  • Ryan Strausborger, (OF) – 2010
  • Jacob Petricka, (SP) – 2010
  • Robby Ort, (OF) – 2011
  • Jeremy Lucas, (C) – 2012
  • Rob Ort, (OF) – 2012
  • Dakota Bacus, (SP) – 2012
  • Ryan Keaffaber, (RP) – 2014
  • Tyler Wampler, (SS) – 2014
  • Andy DeJesus, (2B) – 2016
  • Hunter Owen, (OF) – 2016
  • Tony Rosselli, (OF) – 2017
  • Jake Means, (3B) – 2018

Conference Speciality[edit]

Defensive Player of the Year (2)[edit]

  • Tyler Wampler - 2014
  • Jake Means - 2019

MVC Newcomer of the Year (4)[edit]

  • Rich Angell – 1998
  • Clint Barmes – 2000
  • Tim Brewer – 2005
  • Collin Liberatore - 2019

MVC Freshman of the Year (1)[edit]

Career leaders[edit]

Batting average[edit]

Name Average
Todd Tatlock (1994–95) .423
Wallace Johnson (1977–79) .422
Rob Barker (1981–83) .399
Pete Piskol (1978–82) .396
Paul Frye (1984–86) .383

Hits[edit]

Name Hits
Bob Zeihen* (1985–88) 290
Mitch Hannahs (1986–89) 274
Steve Ruckman (1990–93) 257
Dan Roman (1984–87) 253
Pete Piskol (1978–82) 250
  • Bob Zeihen holds the National NCAA career record for triples (32)[5]

HRs[edit]

Name HRs
Boi Rodriguez (1985–87) 48
Dan Frye (1989–92) 39
Mike Eberle (1984–87) 37
Tyler Thompson (1995–98) 32
Dan Olson (1994–96) 30

Wins[edit]

Name Wins
Mike Gardiner (1984–87) 30
John Howes (1982–86) 29
Mike Farrell (1988–91) 27
Casey Whitten (1991–93) 27
Paul Quizner (1983–86) 25
Blaine Ilsley (1983–85) 25
Randy Keaffaber (1990–93) 25
Brad Finken (1994–97) 25

ERA[edit]

Name ERA
Jim Ridenour (1977–78) 3.03
Casey Whitten (1991–93) 3.04
Dave Thomas (1977–78) 3.09
Blaise Ilsley (1983–85) 3.20
Jim Rasmussen (1977–78) 3.32

Strikeouts[edit]

Name Strikeouts
Casey Whitten (1991–93) 299
Mike Gardiner (1983–86) 296
Brad Finken (1994–97) 275
Blake Ilsley (1983–85) 274
Mitch Stetter (2000–03) 254

Sycamores in MLB[edit]

While long-time baseball great Tommy John is an alumnus of Indiana State; he did not play baseball for the Sycamores as he attended classes around his professional baseball schedule. Future New York Yankees-great, Don Mattingly, declined his baseball scholarship from Coach Bob Warn after he was drafted by the New York Yankees.

Bill Hayes had 2 "cups-of-coffee" in the majors but would go on to a long career as a Minor League manager before beginning a 15-year coaching career with the San Francisco Giants, winning 3x World Series Championships (2010, 2012, 2014); in Dec 2014, he was named 1st-base coach for the Giants.[6] Long-time college basketball coach Ron Felling was a 2-year letterman for the Sycamores.

In addition, basketball legend Larry Bird appeared in two games for the Sycamores, in the spring of 1979, following the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Over 75 former Sycamores have appeared in the Minors, while 24 former Sycamore baseball players have played in the Major Leagues or Negro Major Leagues. They are by order of appearance:

# Player Primary Team Career
1 Junius Bibbs Kansas City Monarchs 1933–1944
2 Jeff James Philadelphia Phillies 1968–1969
3 Danny Lazar Chicago White Sox 1968–1968
4 Bill Hayes Chicago Cubs 1980–1981
5 Wallace Johnson Montreal Expos 1981–1990
6 Rick Grapenthin Montreal Expos 1983–1985
7 Zane Smith Atlanta Braves 1984–1996
8 Brian Dorsett Cincinnati Reds 1984–1996
9 Tim Barrett Montreal Expos 1988
10 Mike Gardiner Boston Red Sox 1990–1995
11 Tom Gilles Toronto Blue Jays 1990–1990
12 Blaise Ilsley Chicago Cubs 1994–1994
13 David Doster Philadelphia Phillies 1996, 1999
14 Chuck Smith Florida Marlins 2000–2001
15 Clint Barmes Colorado Rockies 2003–2015
16 Alex Graman New York Yankees 2003–2004
17 Mitch Stetter Milwaukee Brewers 2007–2011
18 Joe Thatcher San Diego Padres 2007–2015
19 Brian Omogrosso Chicago White Sox 2012–2013
20 Jake Petricka Chicago White Sox 2013–present
21 Colin Rea San Diego Padres 2015–present
22 Ryan Strausborger Texas Rangers 2015
23 Nevin Ashley Milwaukee Brewers 2015
24 Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics 2016–present

Coaching leaders[edit]

Years Coach (Alma Mater) Wins Losses Ties Pct.
1976–2006 Bob Warn (Southern Illinois) 1,070 745 5 .598
2014–present Mitch Hannahs (Indiana State) 201 133 0 .602
1938–1941, 1956–1967 Paul Wolf (Indiana State) 140 113 5 .552
2010–2013 Rick Heller (Upper Iowa) 132 96 0 .583
1968–1975 Jim Rendel (Earlham, {Ind.}) 129 141 0 .478
1929-31, 1934–37, 1942, 1946–47, 1949-55 Walter E. Marks (Chicago) 108 81 2 .571
2007–2009 Lindsay Meggs (UCLA) 77 79 0 .493
1924–1928 Art Strum (Wisconsin-LaCrosse) 41 16 0 .719
1918–1923 Birch Bayh (Indiana State) 40 13 1 .750
1913–1917 Alfred Westphal (unknown) 24 24 1 .500
1932–1933 Jack Hannah (unknown) 18 8 0 .692
1948 John Wooden (Purdue) 7 7 0 .500
1912 Bert Wiggins (unknown) 8 2 0 .800
1910 Jesse A. Wood (Indiana State) 7 4 0 .636
1896-1909; 1911; 1918; 1944 Others 50 59 0 .460
1896–present All-time 2,051 1,516 14 .576

Coaching honors[edit]

Conference Coach of the Year (9)[edit]

Coach Year Conf
Paul Wolf 1958 Indiana Collegiate[7]
Paul Wolf 1963 Indiana Collegiate
Paul Wolf 1966 Indiana Collegiate
Paul Wolf 1967 Indiana Collegiate
Bob Warn 1979 Missouri Valley[8]
Bob Warn 1983 Missouri Valley
Bob Warn 1984 Missouri Valley
Lindsay Meggs 2009 Missouri Valley[8]
Rick Heller 2012 Missouri Valley

Hall(s) of Fame[edit]

  • 1987 – Paul Wolf (Coach) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[9]
  • 1988 – Don Jennings (Player) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[10]
  • 1989 – Howard Sharpe (Player) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[11]
  • 1990 – Bob Warn (Coach) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[12]
  • 2000 – Bob Warn (Coach) – Iowa Western Hall of Fame[13]
  • 2002 - Junius "Rainey" Bibbs (Player) - Indiana State University Hall of Fame[14]
  • 2002 – 1986 Baseball Team (College World Series participant) – Indiana State University> [4]</ref>
  • 2002 – Bob Warn (Coach) – Indiana State University Hall of Fame[13]
  • 2002 – Paul Gries (Player) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[15]
  • 2003 – Bob Warn (Coach) – American Baseball Coach's Association[13]
  • 2007 – Brian Dorsett (Player) – Indiana State University Hall of Fame[16]
  • 2008 – Brian Dorsett (Player) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[17]
  • 2011 – Junius "Rainey" Bibbs (Player) – Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1958 Baseball Sycamores Recognized - Indiana State University". Indiana State University. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
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  14. ^ "Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame Class List". Indiana State University. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
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  16. ^ "Five To Be Inducted Into 2008 Class Of Indiana State Athletic Hall Of Fame – GoSycamores.com—Official Web Site of Indiana State Athletics". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
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