Redbirds Defend First Place, Host Creighton

May 3, 2013

Illinois State vs. Creighton | May 3-May 5
Location: Normal, Ill. (Duffy Bass Field - 1,500)
Friday: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Illinois State
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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State (29-16, 9-3 MVC) returns to action Friday night at Duffy Bass Field for game one of a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series against Creighton. First pitch Friday is slated for 5:00 p.m., Saturday will start at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday will be a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. Admission is free for all three games.

The Redbirds, who stand alone in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with only three lossses, are riding the second-longest winning streak in program history, having won 10-consecutive games. The 1976 Illinois State baseball team won a program-record 11-straight games. ISU has won six-consecutive MVC tilts, sweeping Bradley and Indiana State in a pair of three-game sets over the last two weekends.

Creighton (24-11, 8-4 MVC) enters play riding a three-game MVC winning streak. The Bluejays swept Southern Illinois, April 19-21, before playing a slate of non-conference games last weekend.

Pitching Probables

Chris Razo (ISU) Sr. RHP 5-0 1.25 ERA
Tommy Strunc (CU) Fr. RHP 6-1 3.26 ERA

Dan Savas (ISU) RS So. RHP 6-0 2.41 ERA
Nick Musec (CU) Sr. RHP 1-4 5.09 ERA

Brad Sorkin (ISU) Sr. RHP 6-4 3.44 ERA
Austin Groth Fr. RHP 2-0 4.79 ERA

The Opposition: Creighton University Bluejays (26-7, 16-2 MVC)
• Creighton University is a private, Roman Catholic university located in Omaha, Nebraska.
• Established in 1878, Creighton University currently enrolls 7,730 students.
• Creighton has been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1976, but announced on March
23 that they will be joining the Big East this July.
• The Bluejays are guided by veteran head coach Ed Servais. Servais, a Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate,
is 351-206 in 10 seasons at Creighton. He has a 533-288-1 overall record in 19 seasons as a NCAA
Division I head coach.
• Since 1967, Creighton has made 10 NCAA postseason appearances and earned one visit to the
College World Series (1991).
• Despite a 28-30 regular season in 2012, the Bluejays won the Missouri Valley Conference
Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional in Los Angeles, California.
• The Redbirds trail the all-time series, 34-71, and have lost fi ve of the last six contests with the Bluejays.

Last Time Out
The Redbirds swept a pair of midweek games versus NCAA Division III opponents this week. Tuesday,
Illinois State defeated Illinois Wesleyan 15-5 in seven innings. On Wednesday, freshman right-hander
Steve Heilenbach came within three outs of the fi rst perfect game in Illinois State baseball history, as
the Redbirds defeated Webster 10-0 in seven innings. Heilenbach allowed no runs on one hit and fi red a
complete-game on just 60 pitches. It marked the fi rst victory of his collegiate career.
Paced by nine hits from leadoff hitter Brett Kay, the Redbirds completed a three-game sweep of Bradley
last weekend in Peoria, Ill. Chris Razo fi red a shutout Friday as ISU won, 4-0. Kay's bases-clearing triple
highlighted a 9-5 comeback win Saturday, and the Redbirds held on to win 8-5 Sunday.

Kay Named MVC Player of the Week
Senior infielder Brett Kay paced the Illinois State offense last week, hitting a robust .632/.696/.842 with
two doubles, one triple and six RBI. Kay was inserted in the leadoff spot Friday versus Bradley and had a
nine-hit weekend against the Braves. Kay's bases-clearing three-run triple in the eighth inning Saturday at
Bradley, gave Illinois State its first lead of the game. The Redbirds trailed 5-0 after fi ve innings and went on
to win 9-5. Kay added one stolen base, drew two walks and was hit by two pitches.

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