Redbirds Close Home Schedule, Host Evansville

May 10, 2013

Illinois State vs. Evansville | May 10-May 12
Location: Normal, Ill. (Duffy Bass Field - 1,500)
Friday: 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Illinois State
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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State (31-17, 11-4 MVC) concludes the home portion of the 2013 regular season with a three game Missouri Valley Conference series versus Evansville, May 10-12, at Duffy Bass Field. First pitch Friday night is slated for 6:00 p.m. and both parking and admission remain free at Duffy Bass Field.

The Redbirds, who enter the weekend tied with Wichita State for in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference, have won four-consecutive MVC series. ISU won a three-game set versusCreighton last weekend at Duffy Bass Field and have a pair of MVC sweeps (Bradley, Indiana State).

Evansville (20-29, 9-8 MVC) enters play following a series loss to Wichita State. The Purple Aces won their lone midweek game, 11-7, over SIUE.

Pitching Probables
Fri.

Chris Razo (ISU) Sr. RHP 6-0 1.21 ERA
Josh Biggs (UE) Sr. LHP 0-2 2.87 ERA

Sat.
Dan Savas (ISU) RS So. RHP 7-0 2.15 ERA
Kyle Lloyd (UE) Sr. RHP 7-2 2.18 ERA

Sun.
Brad Sorkin (ISU) Sr. RHP 6-4 3.54 ERA
Kyle Freeland (UE) So. LHP 3-7 3.97 ERA

The Opposition: University of Evansville Purple Aces (20-29, 9-8 MVC)
• The University of Evansville is a small, private university located in Evansville, Ind.
• Established in 1854, the University of Evansville currently enrolls 3,050 students.
• The Purple Aces have been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1994 and their mascot is Ace Purple.
• The Purple Aces are guided by fifth-year head coach Wes Carroll, who is 137-138 in his career at the University of Evansville.
• Evansville's first year of baseball was 1978 and the Purple Aces have one MVC Tournament Championship (2006). The Purple Aces have made a NCAA Regional three times (1988, 2000, 2006), but have never qualified for the College World Series.
• The Redbirds are 50-40-1 all-time versus Evansville.

Last Time Out
The Redbirds had the week off for final examinations, and are entering play after a series-win versus Creighton. Chris Razo earned a complete-game victory Friday, Dan Savas went eight strong innings Saturday and Illinois State won the first two games of the weekend, 9-2 and 6-0. Sunday, the Redbirds rallied to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but a pair of errors in the 11th fueled a Creighton extra-inning win, 9-4. The loss snapped a program-record 12-game winning streak for Illinois State.

Stanton, Razo Named MVC Players of the Week
Kyle Stanton and Chris Razo were awarded Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week honors, as announced Monday by the Valley offices in St. Louis, Mo.
Razo earned MVC Pitcher of the Week honors after firing his fourth complete-game of the season Friday night at Duffy Bass Field, as Illinois State defeated Creighton 9-2. The senior right-hander from Chillicothe, Ill., limited the Bluejays to two runs, one earned, on just two hits with eight strike outs. The complete-game gem, which was his third complete-game versus Valley opponents this season, improved Razo to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.21.
Stanton, who was named the MVC Player of the Week, batted .550/.545/.750 as Illinois State went 4-1 last week. The O'Fallon, Ill., product tallied a five-RBI game versus Illinois Wesleyan and had a stretch of six-consecutive games with a double extended into the weekend series versus Creighton. Stanton tallied 11 total RBI, clubbed four doubles and drew one walk, scoring four runs as Illinois State capped a program-record 12-game winning streak.

Finishing What They Start
The Redbirds have fired nine complete-game victories in 2013. Chris Razo (4) leads the way, with Dan Savas (2), Brad Sorkin (1), Will Headean (1) and Steve Heilenbach (1) also having fired a complete-game
this season.

Red-Hot Redbirds
Four Redbirds carry on-base streaks of at least 8 games heading into play against Evansville:
Kyle Stanton (13 games)
Paul DeJong (12 games)
Zac Johnson (9 games)
Brock Stewart (8 games)

Additionally, the following Redbirds have at least a six-game hitting streak:
Kyle Stanton (13 games)
Brock Stewart (8 games)
Mike Hollenbeck (7 games)
Zac Johnson, Chad Hinshaw (6 games)

Live radio of all three games can be heard on GoRedbirds.com and WJBC.com with Ronan O'Shea handling the play-by-play. RedbirdHD.TV will not be available this weekend.

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