Redbirds, Morehead State Open Four-Game Set

April 12, 2013

Illinois State vs. Morehead State| April 12-14
Location: Normal, Ill. (Duffy Bass Field - 1,500)
Friday: 3:00 p.m.
Saturday::12:00 p.m. (DH)
Sunday::1:00 p.m.
Local Weather::Normal, Ill.
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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State (15-15, 3-3 MVC) plays its final non-conference weekend series, welcoming Morehead State (9-23, 4-12 OVC) to Duffy Bass Field for a four-game series, April 12-14. The series begins Friday with a 3:00 p.m. first pitch.

The Redbirds 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. ISU won its lone midweek game, 9-3, over in-state foe Northern Illinois Tuesday night. Wednesday's game versus MacMurray has been postponed to April 24.

The Eagles visit Normal having lost eight-consecutive games and 14 of their last 16 overall. MSU averages 4.5 runs-per-game and is hitting .265/.342/.372 collectively. The Eagles own a team ERA of 6.06 and opponents are batting .304 versus their pitching staff. Morehead State is guided by first-year head coach Mike McGuire.

The Redbirds are batting .279/.359/.387 as a team and are averaging 5.5 runs-per-game. The pitching staff has an ERA of 4.24 in 261.0 innings and have struck out 212 batters.

Pitching Probables:
Chris Razo (ISU) 2-0, 1.91 ERA
Blake Smith (MSU) 1-3, 4.40 ERA

Sat. 1
Dan Savas (ISU) 4-0, 2.28 ERA
Noah Smallwood (MSU) 0-3, 4.91 ERA

Sat. 2

Brad Sorkin (ISU) 3-3. 4.56 ERA
Matt Anderson (MSU) 0-4, 6.15 ERA

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 three games heading into play against NIU:
Zac Johnson (19 games)
Paul DeJong (5 games)
Kyle Stanton, Daniel Dwyer (3 games)

Additionally, the following Redbirds have at least a three-game hitting streak:
Paul DeJong (5 games)
Daniel Dwyer (3 games)
Kyle Stanton (3 games)
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