ISU Wins Series With 9-4 Victory At Tennessee Tech
Matt Mirabal
Matt Mirabal

Feb. 25, 2012

Box Score Postgame Interview with Mark Kingston

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Illinois State right-handed starter Brad Sorkin limited Tennessee Tech to two runs and struck out two through seven innings to lead the Redbirds to a 9-4 win against the Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon at Bush Stadium. ISU (3-3) has won three games in a row, while TTU (1-5) has lost five-straight.

"Sorkin pitched seven strong innings today," ISU head coach Mark Kingston said. "His velocity and command were good. He was able to follow up last weekend's good outing with another really good outing today, which was great to see."

Johnny Lieske made his Division I debut in relief of Sorkin (1-1). Lieske pitched one scoreless, hitless inning with one strikeout. Joel Learnard also appeared for the first time, but was pulled after walking three-straight batters. Redbird left-handed closer Kenny Long recorded the game's final three outs without allowing an earned run and striking out two.

Tennessee Tech starter David Hess (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing five earned runs on four hits through one inning. Offensively, the Golden Eagles were led by James Abraham, who went 2-for-3 with one run scored. Illinois State was led by Matt Mirabal's 3-for-6 performance with one RBI. Zac Johnson also went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run.

Johnson scored the game's first run with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. The Redbirds scored four more times in the frame with a single by Brock Stewart, a double by Byan Huff, a single by Kevin Tokarski and a ground-out by Mirabal. ISU added another run on a Stewart solo homer in the third.

The Golden Eagles scored their first run in the bottom of the third inning on a wild pitch that allowed Austin Wulf to come home. ISU tallied another run in the fourth and fifth innings with singles by Johnson and Mirabal. Tennessee Tech answered in the sixth inning with a Michael Morris solo home run. The Redbirds scored their final run in the eighth with a Huff single, while the Golden Eagles plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a double by Hopkins.

Illinois State's offense has now scored 28 runs over its last three games. The Redbirds will try for the series sweep against Tennessee Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.

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