Redbirds Score Season-High 18 Runs in Win Over Bowling Green
March 6, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Illinois State won its fifth-straight game Sunday, beating Bowling Green, 18-10, at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. The Redbirds (7-3) set season-highs with 18 runs and 17 hits, including eight doubles, against the Falcons (1-7). ISU also allowed a season-high 10 runs.
"I told the team afterward that although I was happy with our offense and the win, we still have a lot of areas where we need to improve," head coach Mark Kingston said. "We will focus on the positives, but we must also understand that we need to continue to improve our pitching and defense."
Ryan Court led the Redbirds with a 4-for-6 effort, including four RBI and three runs scored. Brad Sorkin (2-0) earned the victory after pitching five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, and striking out three.
The Redbirds jumped out to a one-run advantage in the first inning on a leadoff, solo home run by Kevin Tokarski. Bowling Green gained the lead with two runs in the second inning, but ISU answered with five runs in the fifth. Matt Mirabal drove in Chad Hinshaw with a double, Zach Amrein plated Mirabal with a double, Amrein scored on a wild pitch, McNeely doubled-in Court, and Brock Stewart hit a double that drove in Tyler McNeely to give the Redbirds a 6-2 advantage.
The Falcons scored another run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Court hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to regain a four-run ISU lead. The Redbirds put together another five-run inning in the sixth, as Mike Hollenbeck scored on a bases-loaded walk, Mirabal drove in Tokarski and Stewart with a double, and Court singled to drive in Mirabal and Hinshaw.
Although Bowling Green scored three runs in the seventh inning, and four in the eighth, ISU continued its offensive output. The Redbirds scored twice in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. In the seventh, Brett Kay hit an RBI double that scored Hollenbeck, and Seth Hood belted his first collegiate hit, driving in Kay. Hollenbeck scored on a balk and Stewart came home on a wild pitch in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Court doubled-home Hood, and David Fallon collected his first Redbird hit, plating Court. . After finishing 3-0 in its first weekend at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, Illinois State continues its spring break road trip by traveling to Miami to play the hurricanes Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m. CT both days.
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