Indiana State Shuts Down Redbirds in MVC Tournament Opener
May 24, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. - Despite allowing just two earned runs and matching a career-high with 12 strikeouts over seven innings, Illinois State right-hander Corey Maines suffered the loss, as the third-seeded Redbirds fell to No. 6 Indiana State, 5-2, in the first game of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday.
Indiana State's Collin Rea (8-4) earned the victory, limiting the Redbirds to one run over five innings, while relief pitcher Reggie Hochstedler and Blake Drake teamed up to secure the Sycamore victory. Maines dropped to 9-4.
"With the quality pitching that's in this league combined with playing in this pitcher-friendly park, runs are going to be tough to come by at the tournament," Redbird head coach Mark Kingston said. "When we get our chances, we need to take advantage of them. As well as Rea pitched, he walked us six times, but we didn't get the clutch hits that we needed after reaching on walks."
Zach Amrein highlighted Illinois State's offense with a 2-for-4 effort and one RBI, while Indiana State's Robbie Ort led the Sycamores with a 2-for-5 performance, including one RBI and two runs scored.
Indiana State scored first, with two runs in the first inning on a triple by Ort that plated Kyle Burnam, followed by a Redbird-throwing error on the same play that allowed Ort to come home. Illinois State responded with one run in the bottom of the second on a single by Amrein that scored Tyler McNeely.
The Sycamores extended their lead in the fourth thanks to an Adam Richart sacrifice that scored Jeremy Lucas. In the eighth inning Illinois State's Jacob Wielebnicki came on in relief of Maines, but the senior right-hander was pulled after loading the bases. Kenny Long replaced Wielebnicki and hit Jon Hedges, forcing in Koby Kraemer. A single by Lucas Hileman that drove home Ort increased Indiana State's lead to 5-1. Long proceeded to pitch two innings without allowing an earned run.
Still alive in the double-elimination tournament, the Redbirds will play No. 7 Evansville Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
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