Dubler Powers Red Team to Fifth-Straight Victory, 3-1, over White Team
Oct. 14, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior Kevin Dubler provided the offense for the red team, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, leading the squad to a 3-1 victory over the white team in game five of the Redbird Baseball World Series Sunday at Duffy Bass Field. Dubler's two RBI were enough to clinch the red team's fifth-straight win of the series, as the pitching trio of Jacob Wielebnicki, Dan Sorce and Matt Werderitch allowed only one run on five hits in the seven-inning game.
Wielebnicki recorded his second win of the series in three innings of work, while Werderitch pitched the final inning to pick up his first save. White team starting pitcher Ryan Copeland suffered his first lost of the series, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out two.
Dubler put the red team on the board in the top-half of the first, as he crushed the first pitch he saw from Copeland over the right field wall for his first home run of the series. Dubler's solo blast gave the red squad a slim, 1-0 advantage.
The red team struck again in the top of the third, when Kevin Tokarski reached base when he laid down a bunt single in between Copeland and first baseman Mike Domenick . Tokarski advanced to third when junior Mike Stalowy grounded out to Domenick, and was brought home by Dubler when he also grounded out to the white team first baseman.
The white team was able get back into the ballgame in the bottom-half of the inning, as freshman Jon Dove led off with a bunt single. Dove then stole second, and came around to score when junior Quinn Ewert hit a single to center field, which was bobbled by the red team's centerfielder Mike Tokarski.
The red team picked up its final run in the top of the six. Outfielder Eric Mahler struck out swinging with one out, but was able to advance to second base as the pitch was mishandled by catcher Justin Rahn and thrown over the head of Domenick. Luke Smith hit a single up the middle, plating Mahler to give the red team a 3-1 lead.
Werderitch came into the game in the bottom of the seventh, and gave up two walks to begin the final frame. However, he was able to re-gain control as he retired the final two batters of the game.
The Illinois State baseball team will be back in action Tuesday, when the two teams face off in game six. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field.