ISU Turns the Table on Bradley, 12-3
April 21, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. -
Illinois State's Ty Wiesemeyer belted a grand slam in the fourth inning and posted a game-high five runs batted in to lead the Redbirds to a 12-3 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Bradley Saturday at Duffy Bass Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the Redbirds' record to 21-14 on the season and 3-7 in Valley play.
ISU posted five runs in the second inning and that was all starting pitcher Dylan Craig needed, as he earned his fifth win of the season against two defeats. Craig pitched six innings and allowed only one run on five hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
Zach Johnson opened the second inning with a triple down the right field line. After Eric Aguilera was hit by a pitch, Mike Hollenbeck sent Johnson home with a sacrifice fly. Aguilera later scored on a double by Kyle Stanton. Chad Hinshaw pushed the lead to 4-0 with a two RBI single, scoring Matt Mirabal and Stanton. Ty Weismeyer finished the second-inning scoring with a single that plated Hinshaw.
The Redbird scoring barrage chased Bradley (21-14-1) starter Justin Ziegler, who finished with the loss to drop his record to 2-4 on the season. Ziegler lasted only one and two-thirds innings, while allowing five hits and five runs, all earned.
After a Bradley run in the top of third, and ISU leading 5-1, Weismeyer put the game out of reach with his grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning. The home run was Weismeyer's third of the season and scored Brett Kay, Hinshaw and Mirabal.
The Braves cut into the lead in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs, but Illinois State added a run in the bottom of the frame and two more insurance runs in the eighth for the final score, 12-3.
Hinshaw, Weismeyer, Johnson and Mirabal each knocked a pair of hits, as the Redbirds finished with 11 for the game. Hinshaw led the way with three runs scored.
ISU also got solid relief from Justin Hauer and Kenny Long. Hauer pitched one and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball, while only allowing one hit. Long, who is slated to start Sunday's game, threw a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Illinois State and Bradley will wrap up the series Sunday at Duffy Bass Field with the rubber game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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