Redbirds Return to Tennessee, Battle Austin Peay
Feb. 21, 2013
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Following a series-win at Memphis last weekend, the Illinois State baseball program returns to Tennessee for a three-game series at Austin Peay, Feb. 22-24. The opener between the Redbirds and Governors is slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday from Raymond C. Hand Park.
Illinois State came from behind to win the first two games of its season-opening series at Memphis last weekend. Senior starter Brad Sorkin earned the victory in Friday's 5-2 win. Saturday, Zac Johnson and Kyle Stanton launched two-run home runs as Illinois State rallied for runs in each of the game's final four innings to defeat the Tigers, 7-4. Four errors sunk the Redbirds on Sunday, as Memphis took the series-finale, 5-2.
Austin Peay opened its season with a series-win versus Big 10-foe Iowa. Pitching ace Lee Ridenhour allowed one run on one hit over seven innings, with seven strike outs in the season-opener Friday. Iowa took game two, 13-1, before the Governors claimed the series-win with a 6-1 victory Sunday. Junior starter A.J. Gaura struck out seven in his season-debut. Austin Peay added a mid-week win at Middle Tennessee Tuesday, 5-2.
The Redbirds are guided by fourth-year head coach Mark Kingston, who earned his 100th career victory in opening round action of the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Kingston sports a 103-62 overall record.
The Volunteers are led by veteran head coach Gary McClure. The Austin Peay graduate is in his 26th season as head coach and posts a 755-677-4 overall record. McClure guided the Governors to an Ohio Valley Conference championship last season, earning a spot in the NCAA Regional in Eugene, Ore.
After facing three left-handed starters last weekend at Memphis, Illinois State will see a trio of right-handers this weekend in Clarksville. In the series-opener Friday, Illinois State throws senior right-hander Brad Sorkin (1-0, 1.50 ERA) versus APSU starter Lee Ridenhour (1-0, 1.29 ERA). Lefty Dylan Craig (0-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his second Redbird start Saturday and will face right-hander Casey Delgado (0-1, 9.64 ERA). Sunday, Dan Savas (0-0, 1.59 ERA) counters A.J. Gaura (1-0, 1.42 ERA).
This weekend's series will take place Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m, with all three games broadcast live on GoRedbirds.com and WJBC.com.
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