Redbirds Walk Away With 17-3 Win Against Evansville
MAY 11, 2013
Audio: Coach Kingston Postgame Interview
With Illinois State’s victory, and Creighton edging Wichita State, 3-1, the Redbirds are now in first place with a 12-5 (.706) record in the Missouri Valley Conference, with four league games remaining, while the Shockers are second at 14-6 (.700) in the Valley, with one conference game left. ISU improved to 32-18 overall, while Evansville fell to 21-30 and 10-9 in the Valley.
Brett Kay led ISU with a 3-for-4 performance, including two runs and three RBI. Meanwhile, Savas allowed just two earned runs while striking out seven and allowing six hits through seven innings of work. Evansville starter Kyle Lloyd fell to 7-3 after giving up six earned runs on four hits through 2.2 innings.
Evansville took a short-lived one-run lead in the first inning, as Kevin Kaczmarski led off with a double and scored when Jonathan Ramon reached on a fielder’s choice. However, Illinois State responded with nine-unanswered runs during the first three frames, including a two-run homer by Zac Johnson in the second inning. A stolen base by Chad Hinshaw, also in the second inning, marked his 105th-career steal, tying Kevin Tokarski for the career-steals record.
The Purple Aces plated one run in the fourth to narrow ISU’s lead to 9-2, but the Redbirds all-but-sealed the victory with a five-run fourth inning. Evansville added another run in the sixth, and Illinois State again answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Savas faced the minimum in the top of the seventh to secure the run-ruled, 17-3 win.
With the series tied, 1-1, Illinois State will wrap up its three-game series against Evansville Sunday at 1 p.m. The Redbirds now have just four games remaining in the regular-season ahead of the Valley Tournament.
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