Red Team Holds Off Black Team, 3-2, in Fall World Series
Justin Hauer earned the save for the red team.
Justin Hauer earned the save for the red team.

Oct. 18, 2011

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NORMAL, Ill. - Led by another strong pitching performance by junior right-hander Brad Sorkin, the red team won its first game of the 2011 Illinois State baseball Fall World Series Tuesday evening at Duffy Bass Field. Several players, including Sorkin, switched intrasquad teams as the Redbirds started the second and final week of the autumn set. Sorkin also earned the win for the black team last Tuesday.

The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native struck out five and did not allow an earned run through five innings of work, while senior reliever Justin Hauer earned the save by pitching the final two shutout innings of the seven-inning game. Freshman left-hander Dylan Craig suffered the loss, despite allowing just two earned runs and striking out four through four innings. Freshman right-hander Jeremy Rhoades did not allow an earned run during his final two innings of relief for the black team.

Junior transfer Kyle Stanton led the red team's offense with a 2-for-2 effort, including one RBI. Leading the black team was junior transfer Anthony Galli, who was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Freshman Paul DeJong finished 2-for-3.

Sorkin started the game by getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning, forcing Brock Stewart to ground into an inning-ending double play. The red team took the early lead in the bottom of the frame, as Stanton hit a sacrifice fly to score Brett Kay, and Eric Aguilera sacrificed-home Matt Mirabal.

The red team added to its advantage in the second inning as David Fallon reached third base on a wild pitch, and then scored on an errant throw to third by catcher Mike Hollenbeck.

The black team pulled within one run in the fifth inning. Galli doubled-home Ty Wiesemeyer, who had initially reached on an error, and later in the inning, Galli scored from third on a pitch that got away from catcher Julian Sipiora. However, Sorkin and Hauer teamed up to prevent the black team from scoring any more runs, ensuring the red team victory.

With two games remaining in the Fall World Series, the Redbirds will play game five Thursday at 4 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.