Redbirds Win Sunday, Take 3-of-4 From Bowling Green
March 17, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Brad Sorkin struck out a career-high eight batters and tied a career-best with eight innings of work, as Illinois State (9-9, 0-0 MVC) won the series finale against Bowling Green (4-12, 0-0 MAC), 6-3, Sunday afternoon at The Corn Crib. The Redbirds took 3-of-4 games from the Falcons during the non-conference series.
Brock Stewart led Illinois State's offense with a 3-for-4 performance, including one run scored. Meanwhile, Brett Kay collected a team-best three RBI on a three-run home run, which was his second of the weekend. For the Falcons, Brandon Howard led the way with a 2-for-4 effort and one RBI.
Sorkin (4-1) earned the victory, while Bowling Green starter Trevor Blaylock (0-4) suffered the loss. Illinois State's Jeremy Rhoades recorded the Redbirds' final two outs for his first-career save.
ISU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, when Zac Johnson scored following a Stewart single and a fielding error on the BGSU right fielder. The Redbirds added to their advantage with two more runs in the fourth inning. Stewart scored from second base on a throwing error by Bowling Green's shortstop. Daniel Dwyer, who reached on the error, then came home on a double by Marshall Vallandingham.
The Falcons responded with their first run of the game in the top of the eighth inning, followed by Kay's three-run homer in the bottom of the frame to increase ISU's advantage to 6-1. Bowling Green plated two more runs in the top of the ninth, but Rhodes recorded the final two outs to secure Illinois State's season-best, third-straight victory.
The Redbirds are next scheduled to play non-conference foe SIU Edwardsville, Tuesday, March 19, at 3 p.m.
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