Redbirds Come From Behind to Beat Eastern Illinois, 5-2
May 11, 2011
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Illinois State scored its first three runs of the game in the eighth inning and added two more in the ninth to lift the Redbirds past Eastern Illinois, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Coaches Stadium in Charleston, Ill. ISU (29-15) scored five unanswered runs to earn the come-from-behind, non-conference victory over the Panthers (17-27).
"I'm really proud of our effort today," Redbird head coach Mark Kingston said. "Going into the eighth inning down 2-0, we kept going hard and we forced some errors by really hustling down the line, and I thought that was big."
Chad Hinshaw led Illinois State with 2 RBI and one run in a 1-for-5 effort, while Zach Amrein went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Zach Borenstein was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored to lead the Panthers. Jacob Wielebnicki (1-1) earned the win in relief of starter Joe Claver, pitching 1.2 innings scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
Claver made his unexpected first-career start after Brad Sorkin was forced to miss the game because of illness. Claver pitched a career-high 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and striking out two. Kenny Long notched the save, his fifth of the season.
Eastern Illinois scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a solo home run by Borenstein. The Panthers added to their lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly by Cameron Berra that plated T.J. McManus, who had led off the inning with a double.
After seven scoreless innings, the Redbirds finally got on the board with a three-spot in the eighth. Hinshaw tied the game with a 2-RBI double to center field that scored Brett Kay and Brock Stewart. Hinshaw then scored on a fielder's choice by Kevin Tokarski, giving ISU its first lead of the game.
Illinois State stays on the road for a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series at Southern Illinois this weekend, beginning Friday at 3 p.m.