Redbirds Run Rule Morehead State, 11-1
April 12, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State baseball team (16-15) wanted to get out of the cold and windy conditions Friday at Duffy Bass Field in its series opener against Morehead State (9-24) and scored 11 runs through seven innings of play to end the game, 11-1, by the run rule in non-conference action.
ISU starter Chris Razo (3-0) pitched the Redbirds to the victory with his second-straight complete game win. Razo allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out four Morehead State batters in seven strong innings of work. MSU starter Blake Smith (1-4) was saddled with the loss, after allowing five run on eight hits through five innings of work.
It didn't take long for the Redbirds to get runs on the board, as they scored three in the bottom of the third inning to take the early lead. Chad Hinshaw led off the inning with a double, then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the inning. Paul DeJong then walked and Zac Johnson followed with a home run over the left field wall just inside the foul pole to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Redbirds. The home run was Johnson's team-leading sixth of the season.
ISU tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend its lead to 5-0. Brett Kay led off the inning and later advanced to second base on a wild pitch, before the Eagles got the first out of the inning. Kay then scored on a RBI single into center field off the bat of Sean Beesley for the first run of the frame. Beesley then stole second base and advanced to third base, as Morehead State catcher Drew Williams mis-played the ball and couldn't find it as it rolled to the backstop. Hinshaw then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which plated Beesley from third to put the Redbirds up by five runs.
Hinshaw drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to widen the ISU lead to 7-0. Kay and Hollenbeck led off the inning with back-to-back walks and each advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Beesley. That's when Hinshaw ripped the ball into centerfield for the double as Duran Elmore attempted to dive and make the grab.
The Eagles got one of those runs back in the top of the seventh inning, when Williams led off with a home run over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 7-1. The Redbirds wasted little time getting that run back and tacked on three more in the bottom half of the inning to end the game due to the run rule.
Johnson led off the inning with a double and then came around to score on a single by Aguilera, which was bobbled by MSU right fielder Brandon Rawe and allowed Johnson to score. After the first out of the inning, pinch hitter Jack Czeszewski walked and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch by Morehead State reliever Gerardo Arias. Kay then doubled to right field, which plated Aguilera for the second run of the inning, as Czeszewski held up at third base.
Hollenbeck then singled to left field, which scored Czeszewski and advanced Kay to third base. Beesley then ended the game with a RBI single to right field, which scored Kay from third for the 11th Redbird run to invoke the run rule. Hinshaw finished the game 2-for-3, with three runs driven in, and Beesley and Johnson each added a pair of hits and two RBI. Aguilera was 3-for-3 on the day with a walk.
The two teams will return to action for a doubleheader, beginning at noon Saturday at Duffy Bass Field.
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