Aguilera Launches Two Home Runs, Redbirds Sweep Double Header
April 13, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. – Eric Aguilera launched two home runs and the Illinois State pitching staff tallied its second-consecutive complete-game performance, as Illinois State (18-15, 3-3 MVC) swept a double header versus Morehead State, 4-0, and, 9-7, Saturday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. The Redbirds clinched the non-conference series and will look for a sweep Sunday afternoon.
Game One: Illinois State 4, Morehead State 0
Starting pitcher Dan Savas (5-0) earned the victory in game one, working a complete-game shutout in the scheduled seven-inning game. Savas struck out six, walked three and scattered two hits for his second complete-game of the season. Chris Razo worked a seven inning complete-game victory Friday night, marking the first time this season ISU has registered back-to-back complete-game efforts.
ISU pushed across four runs in the bottom of the third to take an early lead. Mike Hollenbeck singled to start the inning and Sean Beesley walked to put runners on first and second. With no outs, Chad Hinshaw reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Zac Johnson lifted a sacrifice-fly to center field, scoring Hollenbeck and giving the Redbirds and early 1-0 lead. One batter later, Aguilera launched a three-run home run over the fence in right field to clear the bases and give ISU a 4-0 advantage.
Noah Smallwood (0-4) suffered the loss. He allowed four runs, all earned, in five innings and struck out eight.
Game Two: Illinois State 7, Morehead State 9
ISU got its offense going early, as the Redbirds loaded the bases and scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Beesley reached first with a single, stole second base andadvanced to third on a wild pitch. Johnson and Aguilera both walked to load the bases. Kyle Stanton then singled to left field to give ISU an early 2-0 lead.
The Eagles responded in the top of the second inning and scored two runs off Redbird starter Joe Claver. Claver (2-2) earned the victory going 4.1 innings with five earned runs allowed in his first start this season.
The Redbirds rallied for five more runs in the second. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Beesley and Johnson made it 4-0, before Stanton launched a three-run, bases-clearing double off the fence in left. Stanton finished with three hits and five RBI.
Aguilera’s two-run home run in the fourth made it 9-2 ISU.
Morehead State scored three times in the fifth and twice in the seventh to cut the deficit to two.
Steve Heilenbach worked 1.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, before turning things over to Jeremy Rhoades for a nine-out save. Rhoades allowed no runs on one hit, struck out three and collected his third save of the season.
The Redbirds will be back at Duffy Bass Field Sunday for the final game of the four-game series against Morehead State. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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