Illinois State Wins Finale to Take Southern Illinois Series
JD Learnard
JD Learnard

May 15, 2011

Final Stats Post-Game Interview

Chad Hinshaw went 3-for-5 with a triple, including two RBI and two runs, as Illinois State powered past Missouri Valley Conference opponent Southern Illinois, 8-2, Sunday afternoon at Abe Martin Field in Carbondale, Ill. The Redbirds (31-16, 10-8 MVC) won the three-game series, 2-1, against the Salukis (19-31, 9-9 MVC).

JD Learnard (7-2) notched the ISU victory, pitching six innings, allowing just one earned run, while striking out four and walking one. SIU starter Andrew Bever (4-5) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs and striking out five over 6.1 innings.

"Before the game, we talked about combining great pitching, great hitting and great defense in the same game, and today we did that," ISU head coach Mark Kingston said. "Once again, JD gave us a great outing, and our defense was also solid."

After a scoreless first inning, the Redbirds put two runs on the board in the second frame. Ryan Court led off the inning with a single, and Zach Amrein hit a home run to give ISU an early 2-0 lead.

Illinois State added another run in the third inning as Hinshaw led off with a single and advanced to second on a Josh Colon sacrifice bunt. Tyler McNeely then drilled a line-drive off the third baseman's glove which caromed down the left field line, allowing Hinshaw to score from second base.

The Salukis plated their first run in the third inning, as Jordan Sivertsen singled to lead off, then advanced to second on a Nick Johnson groundout. Johnson scored on a single by Wes Neece. SIU added another tally in the sixth as Dustin Huff reached on an error charged to Colon, allowing Blake Pinnon to score from second base, cutting ISU's lead to 3-2.

The Redbirds extended their advantage in the seventh inning with a two-RBI triple by Hinshaw that plated Mike Hollenbeck and Zach Amrein. Hinshaw then scored on a Kevin Tokarski single. ISU added two more runs in the eighth inning, beginning with a run scored by Court on a throwing error charged to SIU's Pinnon during a Bryan Huff bunt. Illinois State went ahead 8-2 with a single by Matt Mirabal that drove home Huff.

Illinois State remains on the road for its final regular-season, non-conference game against Western Illinois Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., before the Redbirds play their last three regular-season Valley games Thursday, Friday and Saturday at home versus Evansville.

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