Redbirds, Sycamores Meet in MVC Series

April 19, 2013

Illinois State vs. Indiana state| April 20-21
Location: Normal, Ill. (Duffy Bass Field - 1,500)
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. (Double Header)
Saturday: 1:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Illinois State
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NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State Redbirds (19-16, 3-3 MVC) conclude a season-long 12-game home stand, with a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series against Indiana State (17-14, 7-5 MVC), April 20-21, at Duffy Bass Field. The series opens with a double header Saturday beginning at noon.

Illinois State lost its lost midweek game, 12-1 (8), to in-state foe Illinois Tuesday. Prior to that, the Redbirds had won five-consecutive games. The Redbirds won its last MVC series, winning two-of-three games against Missouri State earlier this month.

Indiana State returns to action following a midweek loss, 6-3, to SIUE. The Sycamores swept its last MVC series, winning all three games against Creighton.

Pitching Probables:
Sat. Game One
Chris Razo - RHP - (Ill. St.) 3-0, 1.78 ERA/3.57 FIP
Devin Moore - RHP - (Ind. St.) 3-3, 2.44 ERA/3.44 FIP

Sat. Game Two
Dan Savas - RHP - (Ill. St.) 5-0, 1.99 ERA/3.32 FIP
Sean Manaea - LHP - (Ind. St.) 5-2, 1.21 ERA/2.69 FIP

Sun.
Brad Sorkin - RHP - (Ill. St.) 4-4, 4.02 ERA/4.88 FIP
Daniel Peterson - RHP - (Ind. St.) 1-3, 4.73 ERA/3.53 FIP

The Opposition: Indiana State Sycamores (17-14, 7-5 MVC)
• Indiana State University is located in Terre Haute, Ind. The public university was established in 1865. Indiana State University currently enrolls 12,114 students.
• The Sycamores have been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1977. The first season of Indiana State baseball was 1896.
• Indiana State is the first of third MVC series this season for Illinois State, as the Redbirds have already played at Wichita State and versus Missouri State.
• The Sycamores are guided by fourth year head coach Rick Heller. He guided the Sycamores to the 2012 NCAA Tournament (it was the eighth time in program history), after winning the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular season title. Heller is 122-80 in four seasons at ISU, and
• Indiana State lost a midweek game, 6-3, to SIUE. It snapped a five-game winning streak that included a three-game sweep over Creighton last weekend in Terre Haute.
• Saturday's game marks the 173rd all-time meeting between Illinois State and Indiana State, who met for the first time in 1948. The Redbirds are 75-98 against Indiana State and lost two-of-three games to the Sycamores last season in Terre Haute.

Last Time Out
Illinois State continued its hot play at home, winning all five non-conference games last week. The Redbirds defeated NIU, 9-3, Tuesday night, as freshman left-hander Will Headean secured his first-career victory. The Redbirds received back-to-back complete-games from Chris Razo and Dan Savas to win the first two games versus Morehead State over the weekend. ISU pulled off a 9-7 victory in game two of a double header Saturday and Eric Aguilera's walk-off RBI-single won the game Sunday, 5-4. Illinois State lost its lone midweek game, 12-1 (8), to Illinois, and are 7-2 on the current 12-game home stand.

Red-Hot Redbirds
Four Redbirds carry on-base streaks of at least three games heading into play against Illinois:
Daniel Dwyer (8 games)
Sean Beesley (6 games)
Zac Johnson, Brock Stweart (3 games)

Additionally, the following Redbirds have at least a three-game hitting streak:
Zac Johnson (3 games)
Brock Stewart (3 games)

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