Illinois State Baseball Sweeps Chicago State
Tyler McNeely
Tyler McNeely

April 2, 2011

Stats Post-Game Interview

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State freshman Mike Hollenbeck collected a total of eight RBI on the day, as the Redbirds totaled 32 runs with 17-2 and 15-4 victories for a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Chicago State Saturday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.

With the wins, Illinois State improved to 18-7 overall on the season, while Chicago State fell to 4-15. The Redbirds collected 38 hits over the two games led by Tyler McNeely's 7-for-8 effort. Hollenbeck finished the day with five base hits, including a pair of home runs, while Chad Hinshaw posted six hits.

ISU and Chicago State will conclude the four-game series with a single game on Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Game 1 Summary
ISU freshman Mike Hollenbeck belted his first collegiate home run, a grand slam in the fifth inning, and drove home a team-best five runs in a 17-2 win over Chicago State in a scheduled seven-inning game.

Redbird starting pitcher Brad Sorkin scattered six hits over seven innings and allowed two runs, both earned, while striking out three and walking one. With the victory, Sorkin improved to 4-1 on the season.

After Chicago State plated the game's first run in the top of the second, the Redbirds responded with a five-run inning in the bottom of the frame. The Cougars closed the gap with another run in the top of the third inning, but ISU's four-run third put the Redbirds up 9-2 after three innings.

Hollenbeck's grand slam was the big blow in the sixth inning, in which the Redbirds plated seven runs to take control of the game. In total, ISU collected 17 hits with Hollenbeck, Chad Hinshaw and Tyler McNeely leading the way with three hits apiece. Kevin Tokarski and Brock Stewart each finished with two hits.

Game 2 Summary
Illinois State used the long ball to post a 15-4 victory over Chicago State in the night cap, as the Redbirds belted six home runs, including two by senior Zach Amrein and back-to-back-back jacks from Ryan Court, Amrein and Tyler McNeely in the seventh inning.

ISU's Justin Hauer earned his first win of the season in relief of starter Dan Savas. Hauer pitched two scoreless innings, while only allowing one hit and a base on balls. Chicago State scored all four of its runs off Savas, who last four innings and surrendered six hits and four earned runs. He did strikeout a career-best eight batters.

Amrein provided the early lead for ISU with a two-run home run in the first inning, but Chicago State rallied with a four-run second. Brock Stewart closed the deficit to one run, 4-3, with his second home run of the season in the second inning. Stewart drove home another run in the third inning with a single, while Kevin Tokarski added another single to drive home Hollenbeck as the Redbirds took the lead for good, 5-4.

ISU added to its lead in the fourth inning with four runs, powered by a three-run home run from Hollenbeck. Following another Redbird run in the sixth inning, ISU added another four spot in the seventh thanks to the back-to-back-to-back home runs from Ryan Court, Zach Amrein and McNeely.

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