Redbirds Split Doubleheader at Wichita State, Drop Series
March 30, 2013
WICHITA, Kan. – Dan Savas fired seven innings of two-run ball as Illinois State (12-13, 1-2 MVC) won game one of a doubleheader at Wichita State (16-12, 2-1 MVC), 7-2, Saturday afternoon at Eck Stadium. In game two, the Shockers run-ruled ISU, winning 12-2 in eight innings.
Savas (3-0) matched a career-high with seven innings pitched, yielding two earned runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked three. Steve Heilenbach allowed an unearned run on one hit and Jeremy Rhoades (2) secured the save, striking out two batters over one scoreless inning. Wichita State starter Kris Garner (1-4) was chased from the game after five innings and allowed three earned runs on six this. He struck out two and walked one.
Zac Johnson launched his team-leading fifth home run, a solo shot to right field, with one out in the third inning to give Illinois State a 3-1 lead. The Redbirds added two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth to put the game away.
Johnson and Mike Hollenbeck each had two hits to lead the ISU offensive attack, while Hinshaw had two RBI.
In game two, Wichita State rallied for five runs on five hits in the opening inning off Brad Sorkin (4-3). The senior right-hander had his shortest outing of the season, allowing eight earned runs in two innings to suffer the loss. Will Headean, Jack Landwehr and David Suarez combined to throw 6.1 innings of two-run ball in relief. Shockers starter A.J. Ladwig (3-2) picked up the victory, allowing two earned runs in 5.2 innings.
The Shockers led 8-0 after three innings and added two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to run-rule Illinois State. The Redbirds scored twice in the sixth inning, as Eric Aguilera and Mike Hollenbeck collected RBI. Illinois State left eight men on base in defeat.
The Redbirds travel to Charleston, Ill., for a midweek contest at Eastern Illinois, April 3. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.
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