Redbirds Take Two on Sunday at RussMatt Invite
Feb. 28, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Illinois State scored 37 runs in two games and used a pair of dominant pitching efforts - one start, one in relief - to defeat St. Bonaventure, 21-3, and Duquesne, 16-15 in 11 innings, in the RussMatt Invitational at Chain of Lakes Park Sunday.
Corey Maines took a perfect game into the fifth inning and struck out eight as Illinois State (3-2) routed St. Bonaventure (0-2) Sunday morning, then saw Kenny Long pitch 4.2 scoreless innings in the Redbirds' come-from-behind, extra-inning win against Duquesne (0-5).
Maines retired the first 14 batters he faced and received all the run support he needed with 13 runs through the first four innings. The sophomore from Houston, Texas, lost his perfect game when he walked Billy Urban with two outs in the fifth, and later lost the no-hitter and shutout to Urban on an RBI single in the seventh. Maines gave up just the one hit in 6.2 innings and allowed two walks for three total base runners.
Chad Hinshaw and Zach Amrein both drove in five runs for the Redbirds. Hinshaw went 4-for-5 in the game and also scored four runs. Amrein was 2-for-5, part of a 17 hit outburst for Illinois State. The 21 runs scored were the most for Illinois State since the Redbirds scored 21 in a game against Evansville, March 28, 1998.
In the game against Duquesne, the Redbirds and Dukes traded the lead three times before a four-run second inning put Duquesne ahead and forced Illinois State to play catch-up. The Redbirds chased the lead with runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings, but every surge was met with a Duquesne response. Illinois State trailed 15-12 after seven innings, but plated three runs in the top half of the eighth on a two-RBI double from Kevin Tokarski and an RBI-triple by Amrein.
Long helped the Redbirds get out of a jam in the seventh and then held the Dukes scoreless for the first time in the eighth. Long struck out three batters while giving up one walk and allowing one hit. Long continued to hold Duquesne scoreless through extra innings, including the bottom of the 11th after Jake Thornton's RBI-single to score Hinshaw put the Redbirds up by the final 16-15 margin.
Tokarski was 4-for-5 in the second game with four RBI. Tyler McNeely and Anthony Ruffolo hit solo home runs for the Redbirds, two of 20 total hits for ISU. McNeely was 3-for-4 in the game before he was forced to leave the game after colliding with the outfield wall chasing down a fly ball.
Illinois State concludes competition at the RussMatt Invitational against Western Michigan at 10 a.m. Monday morning.
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