Weather Forces End to Illinois State-Indiana State Series

March 29, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. -

Persistent rain throughout the day Saturday and an overnight snow that coated the area forced an end to the Illinois State-Indiana State series at Duffy Bass Field, the Redbirds' coaching staff announced Sunday. The teams were attempting to play a doubleheader at noon but unplayable weather conditions prohibited the last two games of the series.

Illinois State (11-7, 3-1 MVC) won the opening game Friday night, 11-6, thanks to another strong pitching performance from freshman right-hander Ryan Camp and from centerfielder Tyler McNeely. Camp limited the Sycamores to three runs over seven innings, while McNeely finished a home run away from the cycle, collecting four hits and driving in four runs.

Sunday's games are the fourth and fifth games that the Redbirds have been forced to drop due to poor weather conditions. Illinois State lost the Series finale at Belmont to cold weather and the last two games of the Murray State series were cancelled due to rain and snow.

The series with Indiana State will not be rescheduled. The Redbirds continue their current home stand this week and welcome a pair of Big 10 teams to Duffy Bass Field. Illinois State will match-up with Illinois Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and play Iowa Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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