Illinois State Wins Series-Opener at Tennessee Tech
Feb. 24, 2012
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Kevin Tokarski went 3-for-5 with two runs and one stolen base to help Illinois State win its series-opener against Tennessee Tech, 9-4, Friday night at Bush Stadium. The Redbirds improve to 2-3, while the Golden Eagles fall to 1-4.
Ryan Camp earned the win for Illinois State after relieving starter Chris Razo (0-1). Camp did not allow a run or a hit and struck out two in two innings of work. Razo pitched the first five frames, striking out seven and giving up four runs on eight hits. Justin Hauer secured ISU's victory by pitching the final two shutout innings with one strikeout. The Redbird defense aided the pitching staff by playing an errorless game despite a 40 degree temperature with a 20 mph wind.
"To put up another game without an error today was big," Illinois State head coach Mark Kingston said. "The defense was excellent tonight, Razo pitched well, and the offense's ability to put up nine runs on 10 hits ended up being the story of the game."
Tennessee Tech's Matthew Shepherd (0-2) suffered the loss after coming in to relieve starter Tristan Archer. James Abraham led the Golden Eagles' offense with a 2-for-4 effort, including one RBI and one run scored.
Tokarski set the tempo early with a double to start the game. He later scored on a sacrifice by Kyle Stanton. Illinois State added to its lead in the third inning with a single by Stanton which drove home Matt Mirabal. However, Tennessee Tech took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the frame, as Evan Frazier, Abraham and Michael Morris each collected two-out hits to drive in one run a piece.
The Redbirds tied the game in the fifth inning with a Mirabal sacrifice that plated Brett Kay. The Golden Eagles regained their lead in the sixth as Jordan Hopkins grounded out to score Zephan Guyear. Illinois State answered with its final six runs of the game in the sixth inning. Stanton drove in two with a single, Mirabal scored on an error, Aguilera singled to drive in one, and later scored on an error along with Mike Hollenbeck.
Illinois State will try for the series victory in game two of the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. Live audio of the game will be available on GoRedbirds.com.
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