Savas Wins 10th Game; Redbirds Beat Missouri State, 6-1
May 23, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State starter Dan Savasdid not allow an earned run and matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts in a complete-game effort which lifted the Redbirds past Missouri State, 6-1, in ISU's second game of the Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament Wednesday night at Duffy Bass Field.
Savas improved to 10-0, setting Illinois State's Division I record for wins by a pitcher in a single season. It also matched Irish O'Reilly's school record for single-season victories, which was accomplished when ISU competed at the College Division level.
With the victory, the top-seeded Redbirds advance to play Thursday at 7:37 p.m. against the winner of an elimination game between No. 4 Missouri State and No. 5 Evansville. Illinois State is now 2-0 in the Valley Tournament this year.
Kyle Stanton led ISU offensively with a 3-for-4 performance, including one RBI and one run scored. Eric Aguileraalso contributed a two-run triple that highlighted a four-run third inning to give Illinois State an early 5-0 lead. Luke Voit drove in Missouri State's lone run in a 1-for-4 effort, while MSU's Jonathan Harris (8-2) suffered the loss.
After a scoreless first inning, Illinois State scratched out the game's first run in the bottom of the second, as Stanton led off with a single and later scored on a double to right center field by Paul DeJong.
The Redbirds added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, beginning with an RBI-single to left field by Zac Johnson which drove in Brett Kay who led off with a walk. Aguilera then tripled to center field to plate Johnson and Chad Hinshaw, and Aguilera scored on a double by Stanton to increase ISU's lead to 5-0.
Missouri State answered in the top of the fourth, as Spencer Johnson led off with a double to left center field. He then scored when Voit singled to center, and Hinshaw bobbled the throw, allowing Johnson to score on the error, cutting Illinois State's lead to 5-1.
ISU managed to get the run back in the sixth inning on a sacrifice by Johnson to score Sean Beesley, increasing Illinois State's advantage to 6-1. The Redbirds stranded 10 runners on base throughout the game, but ISU still held on for the five-run victory, as Savas did not give up a run in the final five innings.
Illinois State has only surrendered two runs in two games of the Valley Championship. Wednesday's game also marked the 13th complete-game effort by a Redbird starter this season.
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