Redbirds Open Conference Play, Visit Wichita State

March 28, 2013

Illinois State at Wichita State| March 29-30
Location: Wichita, Kan. (Eck Stadium- 7,851)
Friday: 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Updated 2013 Overall Stats::Illinois State
Game Notes: Illinois State
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WICHITA, KAN. - The Illinois State Redbirds open Missouri Valley Conference play with a three-game series at Wichita State, March 29-30. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday will feature two, nine-inning games, with game one beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Redbirds (11-11, 0-0 MVC) return to action following a 2-2 record last week. Illinois State won its lone mid-week game, 5-0, at SIUE, before dropping two-of-three to Eastern Illinois at Duffy Bass Field over the weekend. Illinois State has an all-time MVC record of 314-414, including a 35-20 mark under fourth-year head coach Mark Kingston.

Wichita State has won two games in a row, sweeping Air Force earlier this week. The Shockers are led by veteran head coach Gene Stephenson. Stephenson is in his 36th season at the helm of the Shockers program had guided WSU to a NCAA National Championship in 1989.

ISU is averaging nearly six runs-per-game and boasts a team slash-line of .280/.366/.401. The Redbirds own a team ERA of 3.90 and have struck out 159 batters in 189.0 innings of work.

Wichita State averages 5.3 runs-per-game and hits .287/.364/.382 collectively. Shockers pitchers have tallied a 4.09 ERA.

Pitching Probables:
Chris Razo (ISU) 1-0, 2.03 ERA
Cale Elam (WSU) 2-1, 2.70 ERA

Sat. 1
Dan Savas (ISU) 2-0, 2.78 ERA
Kris Gardner (WSU) 1-3, 4.71 ERA

Sat. 2
Brad Sorkin (ISU) 4-2, 3.15 ERA
A.J. Ladwig (WSU) 2-2, 4.66 ERA

The Opposition: Wichita State University Shockers (14-11, 0-0 MVC)
• Wichita State University is located in Wichita, Kan. The public university was established in 1895 and currently enrolls 14,898 students.
• The Shockers' first year of baseball was 1899 and the team has been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1945.
• Wichita State won the College World Series in 1989 and has appeared in the World Series seven times (1982, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996).
• The Shockers have had 54 All-Americans, including Joe Carter, Darren Dreifort and Doug Mirabelli. Additionally, former Chicago Cubs-great Koyie Hill starred for the Shockers.
• Wichita State is guided by veteran head coach Gene Stephenson, who arrived at WSU in 1977. He has won more than 1,800 games, including the 1989 National Championship.
• Wichita State went 35-25 in 2012 and finished third in the MVC with a conference record of 12-9.
• Illinois State is 20-90 all-time versus Wichita State and lost two-of-three games to the Shockers last season at Duffy Bass Field.

Red-Hot Redbirds
Four Redbirds carry on-base streaks of at least five games heading into play against Wichita State:
Zac Johnson (11 games)
Mike Hollenbeck (6 games)
Brett Kay, Eric Aguilera (5 games)

Additionally, the following Redbirds have at least a four-game hitting streak:
Zac Johnson (8 games)
Eric Aguilera (5 games)
Kyle Stanton (4 games)
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