Redbirds Swept By Missouri State; Shut Out 10-0 on Sunday
May 14, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Having already lost the previous two games in the weekend series to Missouri State, the Illinois State Redbirds were looking to avoid a series sweep at Hammons Field on Sunday. However, MSU (27-20, 11-8 MVC) starter Jake Shafer had something to say about that, as he tossed a shortened complete-game shutout to defeat ISU (18-31, 8-13 MVC) via the 10-run mercy rule 10-0 in seven innings.
Freshman Jim Sajewich (1-6) suffered the loss for ISU after giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits in just an inning and two-thirds of work. Shafer (3-3) earned the shortened complete-game shutout victory by allowing just three while walking two and striking out a career-high seven batters.
Missouri State took the lead in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Clay Coulter and Brayden Drake to take an early 2-0 lead. The Bears would break the game open in the bottom of the second, highlighted by back-to-back doubles by Matt Lawson and Tanner Mattson and a three-run double by Drake, his second of the day, to push the MSU lead to 7-0 after two innings.
A three-run double by Nolan Keane in the bottom of the fifth inning widened the lead to 10-0. After the Redbirds failed to score in the top of the seventh inning, the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule in affect for all Missouri Valley Conference games after seven innings of play.
Seniors Blake Schoonover and Kris Jenkins each had a hit in the game on Sunday, and freshman Mike Stalowy accounted for the third of just three Redbird hits on the afternoon. Drake paced Missouri State with four RBI and Keane chipped in with three RBI.
The Redbirds return to action at home on Tuesday, when they face off against Big Ten Conference foe Northwestern at 7 p.m. at Redbird Field.