Redbirds Sweep Doubleheader Against Rival Bradley
April 16, 2011
PEORIA, Ill. -
The Illinois State baseball team outscored Bradley, 16-3, as the Redbirds beat the Braves, 4-1, in game one, and, 12-2, in game two of Saturday's Missouri Valley Conference Doubleheader at O'Brien Field in Peoria, Ill. ISU (23-10, 3-2 MVC) snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Braves (19-14, 1-4 MVC) lost their third straight.
"I'm really proud of our guys today," Redbird head coach Mark Kingston said. "We beat our biggest rival, in their ballpark, on a cold and windy day. Even though it was not an easy day to play, our guys came out with a great attitude and took the field to play great baseball, and we did that from start to finish."
Redbird pitchers combined for 26 strikeouts against Bradley, with Corey Maines (7-0) earning the opening-game win, and Dan Savas (3-1) notching the nightcap victory. Kenny Long earned his third save of the season in game-one, moving into a tie with Jeremy Accardo for first place on the career-save list, with 12. Josh Colon led ISU's offense, going 3-for-6 with two doubles, five RBI and one run scored. Chad Hinshaw also went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, and Kevin Tokarkski extended his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games.
Game 1 Summary
Bradley scored its first and only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth with a Jerrod Eigsti triple that drove in Brad Kimball. ISU notched two more late-game insurance runs, with a solo home run by Zach Amrein in the eighth, and a walk of Amrein with the bases loaded in the ninth to score Tokarski.
Maines set a new career-high with his seventh win of the year. The senior right-hander pitched six innings, allowing one run on three hits, and striking out ten. Justin Hauer pitched 2.2 shutout innings of relief, before Long faced the game's final batter to earn the save.
Game 2 Summary
Bradley scored its first run in the first inning on a sacrifice RBI by Mike Tauchman, scoring Brian Martin. The Redbirds responded with three runs in the third on a triple by Ryan Court that plated Tokarski, and a single by Mirabal that drove in Court and allowed Tyler McNeely to score on a fielding error.
ISU added six runs in the fifth, as Hollenbeck doubled-in McNeely and Amrein, and Colon scored Hinshaw and Hollenbeck with a double. Colon then came home on a bases-loaded balk charged to Nick Gross, and Tokarski scored on a passed ball.
Colon added two more runs in the sixth with a single that plated Hinshaw and Mirabal. In the bottom of the inning, the Braves added their second run of the game with a sacrifice RBI by Jason Leblebijan. Amrein doubled-home Court in the seventh to cap off ISU's scoring before the game ended after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. Savas pitched five innings without allowing an earned run and striking out nine in the winning effort. Cam Verbeke and Joe Claver teamed up to secure the Redbird victory.
Illinois State tries for the series sweep against Bradley, Sunday, with first pitched scheduled for 1 p.m.