Redbirds Defeat Titans, 15-5, in Horenberger-Bass Classic
April 30, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State baseball team scored runs in six of innings against cross-town foe Illinois Wesleyan Tuesday, as the Redbirds (28-16) pummeled the Titans (26-8) by a score of 15-5 in the annual Horenberger-Bass Classic at Duffy Bass Field.
Kyle Stanton drove in five of those runs, thanks to a 3-for-3 effort to go along with walk and two runs scored in the 10-run victory. Daniel Dwyer also drove in a pair of runs on a couple of hits and Zac Johnson added a pair of hits and scored three times for the Redbirds.
ISU reliever Matt Schmitt (1-0) picked up his first win in relief of ISU starter Will Headean, after allowing just one run in two innings of work. IWU starter Matt Conrad (1-2) was saddled with the loss, after allowing six runs on and walking three in just one third of an inning pitched. In total, Titan pitching surrendered 13 earned runs, 13 walks and hit four batters and had five wild pitches on the night.
The Titans jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, after Kevin Callahan hit an opposite field two-run home run over the left field wall in the top of the first inning. That lead would not last long, as the Redbirds answered with six runs on three hits and a error in the bottom half of the frame to take a 6-2 lead. Stanton and Dwyer each had two-run singles in the inning and Paul DeJong scored when Chad Hinshaw was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Redbirds furthered their lead in the bottom of the second inning, scoring three runs on three hits with RBI singles from Mike Hollenbeck and Brett Kay. ISU tacked on one more run in the third inning on a RBI double to left field off the bat of Stanton, which scored Johnson from first base.
In the top of the third, the Titans scored two more runs on a walk, two errors and a double to right by Nick Hahn. In the bottom of the inning, ISU struck back by scoring three runs on a pair of hits. Hinshaw scored the first run, when he came home from third base on a wild pitch and Stanton drove in a pair of runs later in the inning to increase the score, 13-4.
The Titans got one run back in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Hahn, but ISU answered with a run of its own in the bottom half when Brock Stewart scored from third on a wild pitch. ISU didn't score in the sixth, the only inning in the game the Redbirds didn't push a run across, but put the game away with a RBI single by Johnson in the bottom of the seventh inning to invoke the ten run rule.
ISU will return to action tomorrow, when it hosts Webster at 6 p.m.
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