Hinshaw Named to All-Tournament Team
May 26, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Illinois State junior center fielder Chad Hinshaw earned a spot on the 12-player, State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team, as announced by the league office following Saturday night's championship game at Hammons Field.
Hinshaw led the Redbirds throughout ISU's four games in the eight-team tournament with a .375 average, including three extra-base hits, four RBI and six runs scored. The Bloomington, Ill., native also slugged .813 and amassed a .421 on-base percentage with two walks. Hinshaw collected a hit in each of Illinois State's games, and finished the season on a team-best eight-game hitting streak and a nine-game reached-base streak.
Hinshaw was the hero in ISU's come-from-behind, extra-inning victory against Evansville May 24. In the top of the eighth inning, he homered over the left field wall to pull the Redbirds within one run of the Purple Aces. Hinshaw then hit his second home run of the day in the top of the 10th inning, with two outs, to score what proved to be the winning run. He later went 2-for-3 with two RBI in ISU's elimination-loss to Creighton.
The Redbirds finished the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship with a 2-2 record, including two wins against Evansville and two losses to Creighton. The No. 8 seeded Bluejays went on to beat No. 6 Southern Illinois for the tournament title Saturday night.
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