ISU continues MVC play against Wichita State
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[April 06, 2012]
NORMAL -- The Illinois
State baseball team hosts Wichita State this weekend, as the
Redbirds (18-8, 1-2 MVC) resume Missouri Valley Conference
competition with a three-game series against the Shockers (17-14,
2-1), beginning Friday at 4:30 p.m.
"This weekend is another great challenge for us," said Illinois State
head coach Mark Kingston. "Wichita State is a great program to
compete against. We need to continue to focus on our improvement."
ISU opened its Valley schedule last weekend, going 1-2 at Indiana
State. The Redbirds bounced back with a rain-shortened,
nonconference 9-1 victory against Eastern Illinois Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Shockers went 2-1 in their conference opener versus
Southern Illinois. WSU was also scheduled to play a midweek game at
Oklahoma State, but it was rained out.
Illinois State will alter its weekend rotation for the first time
this season, with former Sunday starter Dylan Craig (4-1) scheduled
to start Saturday's game, and former midweek starter and reliever
Jeremy Rhoades (3-1) slated to make Sunday's start. Chris Razo (4-1)
will continue to serve as the Friday night starter.
Wichita State is expected to counter with Josh Smith (3-1) on Friday
and Mitch Mormann (3-2) on Saturday. The Shockers' Sunday starter has
not yet been announced. Offensively, WSU is led by Johnny Coy, who
is hitting .336 with a team-best 35 RBI, including five home runs,
eight doubles and one triple.
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While Ty Wiesemeyer continues to hold the highest batting
average at .366, Zac Johnson now has a team-best 28 RBIs,
including four home runs, eight doubles and one triple. Eric
Aguilera leads ISU with five home runs and a team-high eight
Admission to this weekend's games, and all games at Duffy Bass
Field this season, will be free. Plus, Saturday is
news release from John Twork, Illinois State