Redbirds Host In-State Foes Northern Illinois, MacMurray

April 9, 2013

Illinois State vs. NIU, MacMurray| April 9-10
Location: Normal, Ill. (Duffy Bass Field - 1,500)
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.
Local Weather::Normal, Ill.
Game Notes: Illinois State
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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State remains at Duffy Bass Field to continue a 13-game home stand, hosting Northern Illinois and MacMurray, April 9-10. Both non-conference games begin at 6:00 p.m and admission is free.

The Redbirds (14-15, 3-3 MVC) won a series against Missouri State last weekend at Duffy Bass Field. Chris Razo fired a complete-game one-hitter Friday, Dan Savas went eight innings aa the Redbirds blanked the Bears Saturday, and Missouri State won the series-finale Sunday.

Northern Illinois (11-18, 6-3 MVC) visits Normal winners of seven of its last 10 baseball games. The Huskies are managed by Ed Mathy, who is in his 11th season at the helm of the Huskies baseball program.

MacMurray is a Division III baseball program that has lost nine-consecutive games. They are led by Andrew Bartman.

The Redbirds return to action hitting .280/.357/.390 with 16 home runs, 48 doubles and 7 triples. ISU posts a 4.29 ERA and has tallied 206 strike outs in 252.0 innings.

Pitching Probables:
Will Headean (ISU) 0-4, 5.72 ERA
Bobby Kuntzendorf 1-1, 6.59 ERA

Joe Claver (ISU) 1-2, 6.35 ERA
TBA (MacMurray)

Razo Named MVC Pitcher of the Week
Following a dazzling performance Friday night at Duffy Bass Field, Illinois State senior right-hander Chris Razo was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced Monday by the Valley offices in St. Louis, Mo.

Razo fired his first-career complete game, striking out a career-high 10 as Illinois State defeated Missouri State ace Nick Petree, 2-1. Razo walked four and allowed just one hit, snapping a two-game Redbird losing streak and setting the tone for ISU’s series-win versus the Bears. Razo, who opened the season 4-4 in save chances as the Redbird closer, has made three starts in 2013, earning two victories and a no-decision.

Red-Hot Redbirds
Four Redbirds carry on-base streaks of at least four games heading into play against NIU:
Zac Johnson (18 games)
Eric Aguilera (5 games)
Paul DeJong (4 games)

Additionally, the following Redbirds have at least a three-game hitting streak:
Zac Johnson (15 games)
Eric Aguilera (5 games)
Paul DeJong (4 games)
Brock Stewart (3 games)
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