Redbirds Collect 20 hits, Defeat No. 29 Miami, 17-6

Box Score


Audio: Coach Kingston Interview

March 12, 2013

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Every Illinois State starter collected at least one hit and the Redbirds (6-7) set season-highs in runs and hits as the Redbirds took game one of a two-game midweek series at No. 29 Miami (13-5), 17-6, Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Chad Hinshaw tied a career-high with four hits and launched a grand slam in a seven-run Illinois State third inning.

Brock Stewart added a career-best five RBI, lifting a two-run double and a three-run double for Illinois State. It marked the first time an Illinois State player had five RBI in one game since Ty Wiesemeyer drove in five runs at Southeast Missouri on March 3, 2012. Kyle Stanton launched his third-career home run, en route to a four RBI day. Catcher Mike Hollenbeck added two hits and three RBI. Zac Johnson had three hits, drew two walks and drove in one run. The 20 hits by Illinois State marked the first time ISU collected 20 hits in once game since knocking 21 hits at Northern Illinois on April 10, 2012.

Brad Sorkin (3-1) worked five innings for his third victory. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and struck out three. Eric Whaley (0-1) was handed the loss for Miami and was chased from the game in the third inning. He finished with two-plus innings pitched and allowed five earned runs on eight hits.

Illinois State struck first, scoring twice in the top of the first inning. Consecutive singles from Hinshaw, Eric Aguilera, coupled with RBI-singles from Stanton and Johnson, put Illinois State in front, 2-0.

Aguilera opened the third inning with his third-career triple and scored on Stanton’s two-run, opposite-field home run. After Johnson doubled in the gap, Whaley left the game for relief pitcher Alexander Fernandez. Fernandez retired the first two batters he faced, before issuing a walk to designed hitter Daniel Dwyer. Hollenbeck followed with a RBI-single, making it 5-0 Illinois State. Following a Brett Kay single, Hinshaw launched a grand slam over the left field fence, giving Illinois State a 9-0 lead. The Redbirds sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning.

Miami rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third, scoring on a balk and run-scoring groundout from Alex Hernandez. Brad Fieger and Alex San Juan added RBI-singles to cut the Redbird lead to 9-4.

Illinois State responded with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Stewart doubled home Stanton and Johnson and later scored on Hollenbeck’s sacrifice-fly, making it 12-4 Redbirds.

One inning later, Stewart added a three-run double, Hollenbeck collected a run-scoring single and Stanton lifted a sacrifice-fly as Illinois State tallied five runs and batted around for the second time in the game.

Miami scored one run in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh inning, cutting its deficit to, 17-6.

Otto Roberts, Matt Schmitt, Joe Claver and David Suarez all made relief appearances, with Suarez striking out two batters in the ninth inning to preserve the win.    

The series concludes Wednesday night when JD Learnard (0-0, 3.00 ERA) makes his first start of the season versus Bryan Radziewski (1-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitched is slated for 5:00 p.m. from Coral Gables, Fla.   



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