Razor Sharp Performance by Razo Secures 2-1 Win Over Missouri State

Final Stats

 

April 5, 2013

Coach Kingston Postgame Interview

NORMAL, Ill. - 
Illinois State right-hander Chris Razo pitched a complete game, recording a career-high 10 strike-outs and only giving up one hit and one run to lift Illinois State (13-14, 2-2, Missouri Valley Conference) past Missouri State (18-7, 3-1, MVC), 2-1 in the first match of the series, Friday night.

The Redbirds recorded seven hits without an error, and stranded four base runners. Missouri State starter Nick Petree (4-1) suffered his first lost of the season, giving up six hits and two runs in seven innings pitched.

After three scoreless innings, the Bears scored first in the top of the fourth with two base-on-balls followed, by a right-field double by Koby Peebles to bring in Travis McComack, to take the lead, 1-0. The Bears left two base-runners stranded on second and third with a deep fly ball by Keenen Maddox to end the top half of the inning.  

In the bottom of the fifth, the Redbirds began with a drop-in fly ball to left field by Mike Hollenbeck, to record his second hit of the day. Paul DeJong added with a single to right field followed by an overthrow by Joey Hawkins to bring in Hollenbeck and Dejong to take the first Redbird lead of the night, 2-1.

After threatening to score again in the bottom of the eighth, with an error by Joey Hawkins and a single up the middle by Chad Hinshaw, the Bears made their second pitching change, bringing in Matt Hall to close out the inning.


 

 

With a narrow lead, 2-1, heading into the ninth, the Bears proposed a threat with a base-on-balls and wild pitch to advance McComack to second base with one out. After falling behind in the count 3-2, Razo recorded his ninth strike-out to get Peebles, followed by Conner Wilson for the final out of the game. Razo worked six 1-2-3 innings in the win.

The Redbirds will be back on the field Saturday for game two of the three-game series at 2 p.m.

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