NIU Drops Redbirds, 4-1, in Midweek Game
April 12, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - Northern Illinois (14-16) beat Illinois State (21-10) in a non-conference game, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon. A week after being held to just three hits by the Redbirds, the Huskies had nine hits to avenge a 7-4 loss in DeKalb.
Mike Hollenbeck went 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Illinois State used six pitchers in the midweek game, with Ryan Camp taking the loss, allowing two runs. Joe Claver matched his career-highs with three innings pitched and three strikeouts.
Northern Illinois starter Tony Manville held the Redbirds to just two hits through the first three innings, striking out four. J.D. Learnard allowed two hits in the first two innings and Kenny Long struck out two in the third inning for the Redbirds.
Camp came on to pitch in the fourth inning for ISU and gave up a pair of doubles on his first four pitches, one to left center and one to right field, that put NIU ahead, 1-0. After a strikeout, Jordan Rishavy drove another double to right center to add on another run. ISU got a run back in the bottom half of the fourth when Hollenbeck went opposite field for a double to left center, scoring Ryan Court from first.
In the top of the fifth, a leadoff double, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to center produced another Huskie run and extended the lead back to two runs. Claver walked a batter in the sixth inning and then threw a pickoff attempt wide of first base, allowing the runner to advance all the way to third. Brett Frantini then laced a single right back up the middle to score the run and put NIU on top, 4-1.
Manville and three NU relievers limited the Redbirds to just three hits in the final five innings of the game. The Redbirds couldn't capitalize on a leadoff double by David Fallon in the sixth inning and went down in order in both the fifth and seventh innings.
Illinois State is on the road for the first time in Valley play this weekend for a three-game series at Bradley. The first game is Friday at 6 p.m.