Redbirds Top IWU in Horenberger-Bass Classic, 12-4
April 27, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois State's Kevin Tokarski went 2-for-4 with a game-high four RBI, and nine Illinois State pitchers combined to hold Illinois Wesleyan at arm's length as the Redbirds defeated the Titans, 12-4, in the Horenberger-Bass Classic at Jack Horenberger Field Tuesday night.
Tokarski tripled with the bases loaded in the top of the second and singled in another run in the top of the fourth while helping Illinois State (20-16) jump out to a 7-0 lead over the Titans (14-16). Chad Hinshaw and Ryan Court each tallied two hits in the contest to go along with Tokarski, and Matt Mirabal drove in three runs late in the contest with a bases loaded double. Tokarski swiped two bases to pull within one stolen base of Illinois State career leader Mike Prior (55).
Corey Maines started the game for Illinois State and earned his fourth win of the season after striking out a batter and allowing just one hit in the first inning. Illinois State emptied its bullpen and used a new pitcher in every inning. Brad Sorkin, Ryan Copeland, Ryan Camp and Matt Werderitch each worked perfect frames for Illinois State.
Illinois Wesleyan was limited to three hits through the first seven innings, but touched Redbird reliever Cam Verbeke for four runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth. Casey McIntosh and Ryan Hopp each had two hits for the Titans and Jeff Grodecki provided a two-RBI double in the eighth.
Illinois State responded with five runs in the top of the ninth, including Mirabal's bases clearing hit and Kenny Long struck out two in the bottom of the ninth to close out the win. Ryan Court hit a solo home run in the victory, his third of the season.
The Missouri Valley Conference-leading Redbirds match-up with Wichita State for a pivotal three-game series at Duffy Bass Field this weekend. The series starts Friday night at 6 p.m., a Family Night at the park with a four pack of tickets (two adult and two kid tickets) selling for $10. The Redbirds and Shockers will meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
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