Maines Dominates Grizzlies in 6-2 Redbird Win
March 25, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - The frigid temperatures didn't seem to faze Illinois State starting pitcher Corey Maines Friday, as he tossed seven scoreless innings for the Redbirds (15-6) in a 6-2 non-conference win over the Oakland Grizzlies (3-10) at Duffy Bass Field.
Maines (4-0) remained unbeaten on the mound and allowed just two hits while striking out a career-high 11 batters in seven strong innings of work. Jake Wielebnicki pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Justin Hauer allowed a couple of late runs in the ninth inning, but the Redbirds held on for their sixth win in seven games. Oakland starter Greg Welke (1-3) suffered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of work.
Tyler McNeely led the way at the plate for the Redbird, as he finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored and two runs driven in. Zach Amrein also drove in a pair of runs for ISU and Matt Mirabal scored two runs in the win for the Redbirds.
The Redbirds wasted little time taking a lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kevin Tokarski walked to lead off the game and Mirabal singled sharply to third base, knocking Oakland third baseman Mike Carson off his feet on the play. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch and Ryan Court walked to load the bases with nobody out.
Amrein was up next and grounded into double play, which allowed Mirabal to move to third base and Tokarski to score the first run of the inning. McNeely then singled to right field to score Mirabal for the second run of the inning and he later scored on a RBI double to right-center field off the bat of Mike Hollenbeck to give ISU a 3-0 lead.
ISU tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, thanks to some clutch two-out hitting by the Redbirds. With Mirabal at second base and Court at first base with two outs, Amrein cleared the bases with a double that bounced off the right field walk to make the score 5-0. Amrein then came around to score in the next at bat when McNeely singled into center field to widen the advantage to 6-0.
Oakland did not give up easily and scored a pair of runs in the ninth inning to break up the ISU shutout. With one out, Tommy Jablonski singled to left field and was pinch run for by Nick Hall. Aaron Cieslak then walked and Hall later advanced to third base on a passed ball. After Aaron Wick fouled out for the second out of the inning, Kyle Bobolts hit a single deep in the hole at third base and beat out the throw by Court to score Hall for the first run of the inning. Eric Ogg then singled to right field, which scored Cieslak from second base to cut the lead to 6-2, but Hauer got the last out of the inning to preserve the victory.
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