April 26, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State (24-16, 6-3 MVC) carries a five-game winning streak into Missouri Valley Conference action this weekend, when the Redbirds travel to Peoria, Ill., for a three-game series against in-state foe Bradley (14-22, 1-11 MVC). First pitch on Friday night is slated for 6:00 p.m. from Peoria Chiefs Stadium.
The Redbirds swept a midweek doubleheader versus Division III MacMurray, 4-0 and 9-4, Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. It capped a season-long 14-game home stand in which Illinois State finished, 12-2. Last weekend, the Redbirds swept Indiana State to improve their Valley record to 6-3.
Bradley won a doubleheader over SIUE, 3-0 and 6-5, Tuesday in Peoria. Prior to that, the Braves lost 9-of-10 games, including a trio of MVC sweeps versus Creighton, Wichita State and Missouri State.
The Opposition: Bradley University Braves (14-22, 1-11 MVC)
Bradley University is located in Peoria, Ill. It is a private, independent university that was founded in 1897 and currently enrolls 5,700 students.
The Braves have been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1955.
Bradley is guided by veteran head coach Elvis Dominguez. He is in his 5th season at the helm of the Bradley baseball program, and is in his 12th season overall as a head coach.
Bradley has been playing baseball since 1898 and have advanced to six NCAA Regionals (most recently in 1968) and two College World Series (1950, 1956). The Braves have won six MVC regular-season titles.
Bradley University plays its home baseball games in Peoria Chiefs Stadium, the Midwest League Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Redbirds and Braves first met in 1901 and Illinois State leads the all-time series, 103-99.
Last Time Out
The Redbirds swept a midweek doubleheader, 4-0 and 9-4, versus Division III MacMurray Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. Outfielder Eric Aguilera went 4-for-7 with one home run, one single, one double and one triple. Kyle Stanton scored a team-best three runs and redshirt freshman Paul DeJong collected two doubles in game two. Will Headean earned his first complete-game shutout in game one and JD Learnard picked up a victory in game two.
Last Time Out....In the Valley
Paced by dominant starting pitching, the Illinois State Redbirds completed a three-game Missouri Valley Conference sweep of Indiana State last weekend at Duffy Bass Field. Redbird starters Chris Razo, Dan Savas and Brad Sorkin combined to throw 24 innings, allowing one earned run. The trio struck out 14, walked six and all three starters earned victories. The Redbirds are now 6-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference, having played Wichita State, Missouri State and Indiana State. The sweep completed a season-long 12-game home stand for the Redbirds, who finished, 10-2.
Sorkin Named MVC Pitcher of the Week
Senior right-hander Brad Sorkin fired a complete-game shutout Sunday, as Illinois State completed a three-game Missouri Valley Conference sweep over Indiana State. Sorkin needed just 96 pitches to go the distance, scattering four hits, while striking out one. He induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double with the tying run at home plate in the ninth. It marked the third complete-game of his career and was Sorkin's fifth victory this season.
Live radio of all three games can be heard on GoRedbirds.com and WJBC.com with Ronan O'Shea handling the play-by-play.
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