Bats Make the Difference in Game 3 Sweep of Salukis, 8-1
Kevin Tokarski

Kevin Tokarski

May 6, 2012

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NORMAL, Ill. - The Redbirds plated eight in a 10-hit effort, as the Illinois State baseball team beat Southern Illinois 8-1, completing the series sweep Sunday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.

Brad Sorkin (3-3) pitched seven and two-thirds innings, allowing just one run and striking out five. Justin Hauer finished the game for the Redbirds, striking out three in just one and a third innings pitched. Southern's Sam Coonrod (2-4) is credited with the loss as he allowed five runs off of four hits in three innings pitched.

Kevin Tokarski and Brett Kay jump-started the offense for the Redbirds in the third inning, posting back-to-back singles, before a throwing error plated Tokarski after stealing third. With the game now tied at one, Ty Wiesemeyer and Zac Johnson hit back-to-back RBI singles, giving the Redbirds their first lead of the game.

The scoring continued in the fourth after Eric Aguilera and Mike Hollenbeck started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Matt Mirabal then gave himself up on a sacrifice bunt, scoring Aguilera from third. Tokarski added an RBI of his own, giving the Redbirds a 5-1 lead.

Four more hits and three runs in the sixth inning would be plenty for Sorkin and Hauer to finish the game. Three Redbirds (Aguilera-Tokarski-Kay) tallied multi-hit games, while Chad Hinshaw's walk in the first extended his on-base streak to 22 games.

Immediately following the game, all Redbird players and coaches shaved their heads in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation that supports cancer research. In total, the Illinois State baseball team achieved their goal of $5,000 in donations, tallying $6,895 by the end of the game today.

The team will be back in action next weekend in a three-game series against Western Illinois at Duffy Bass Field. First pitch for Friday is slated for 4:30 p.m.

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