Dubler's Four RBI Keys Red Team to Sixth Straight, 6-4
Oct. 16, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior Kevin Dubler had another impressive day at the plate for the second-straight game, going 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the red team to its sixth-straight win, 6-4, over the white team in game six of the Redbird Baseball World Series Tuesday night at Duffy Bass Field. Dubler's bases-clearing RBI double in the bottom of the second inning secured the decision for the red team, as starting pitcher A.J. Havenga picked up his first win, throwing four innings and allowing only two runs while striking out three.
White team starting pitcher Josh Schultz suffered the loss, as the redshirt freshman surrendered five runs on five hits, walking four batters and striking out one in only 1.2 innings of work.
Led by Dubler's hitting, the red team scored five runs in the first two innings. Junior Mike Stalowy walked to get things started in the first, and then stole second base. Dubler plated Stalowy on a RBI single, and moved third on a single from senior Kevin Konsler. The red team picked up the second run of the frame when catcher Mark Evans singled, bringing in Dubler.
Schultz had control issues during the bottom of the second, as he hit Luke Smith to lead off the inning. Smith moved to second on a bunt single from Mike Tokarski, and Schultz loaded the bases when he walked freshman Kevin Tokarski. Dubler then roped a double to the left-centerfield gap, bringing home all three baserunners.
The white team was able to get a run back in top of the third inning. Junior Quinn Ewert led off the frame with a single up the middle and stole second. Ewert moved to third on a wild pitch from Havenga, and third baseman Gabe DeMarco's single down the left field line brought in Ewert. However, Havenga was able to re-group and get shortstop Kyle Cherney to hit into a double-play, ending the white team scoring threat.
After adding the white team scored another run in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Dan Weston, the red team answered by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth. Konsler was able to reach base via a walk from relief pitcher Ken Long, and advanced into scoring position when he stole second base. Evans then hit a double in the left centerfield gap, plating Konsler.
After freshman Kyle Nelson threw two-innings of scoreless relief for the red team, freshman Matt Werderitch came into the game in the top of the seventh to close out the game. However, Werderitch ran into trouble as he gave up back-to-back hits to Tyler McNeely and DeMarco to open the inning. Both runners advanced one base on Cherney's groundout to first base and scored on a double to centerfield from first baseman Mike Domenick.
The Illinois State baseball team will play its final scrimmage game of the 2007 Redbird Baseball World Series Wednesday. First pitch is schedule for 3:15 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field.