Late ISU rally comes up short in 4-2 loss to WSU
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[April 09, 2012]
NORMAL -- The Illinois State
baseball team gave Wichita State a late scare with two runs in the
bottom of the ninth inning, but the rally fell short as the Redbirds
(18-9, 1-3 MVC) fell to the Shockers (18-14, 3-1 MVC) by a score of
4-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play Friday at Duffy Bass Field.
ISU starter Chris Razo (4-2) was saddled with a tough loss, after
allowing just one earned run and two total in seven innings while
tying a career high with seven strikeouts. WSU starter Josh Smith
(4-1) picked up the win for the Shockers, after shutting out the
Redbirds and allowing just two hits with five strikeouts in seven
innings of work. Foster Vielock worked 2 1-3 innings and gave up the
two runs in the ninth inning, before Cale Elam came in to record the
final two outs of the game to secure his seventh save of the season.
Six different Redbird players recorded a hit on the day, with Kevin
Tokarski recording the lone RBI for ISU. Eight different Shockers
collected hits in the win, with Casey Gillaspie leading the way with
his two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning.
The Shockers got on the board in the top of the first inning,
when Taylor Doggett scored from second base as Casey Gillaspie
reached first on a fielding error by Redbird third baseman by Zac
Johnson to make the score 1-0. They added to that lead in the top of
the fourth inning when Erik Harbutz scored from second base on a
single into center field by Dayne Parker to make the score 2-0.
After a strong seven innings from Razo, reliever Ryan Camp came
in to start the top of the eighth and was greeted rudely by a
leadoff double by Don Lambert. After Johnny Coy popped out for the
first out of the inning, Casey Gillaspie broke the game open with a
two-run home run to right-center field to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Redbirds were held to just three hits through the first eight
innings of play but mounted a rally in the ninth to scare the
Shockers. Kyle Stanton reached on an error to start the inning and
advanced to third on a single by Eric Aguilera on the next at-bat.
Chad Hinshaw then brought Stanton home when he reached on a
fielder's choice as Aguilera was forced out at second base.
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David Fallon then pinch hit and singled through the right side to
extend the inning and advance Hinshaw to third with one out. That
forced Vielock out of the game, and the Shockers brought in Elam.
Bryan Huff then came in to pinch run for Fallon, and Tokarski
followed with a single through the left side to score the second run
of the inning and make the score 4-2. Ty Wiesemeyer then loaded the
bases with an infield single, but the Shockers got out of the inning
on the next play when Matt Mirabal grounded into a 5-4-3 double play
to end the game and the Redbird threat.
In the second game of the weekend series, Illinois State will
have Dylan Craig (4-1, 5.34 ERA) on the mound Saturday against
Wichita State's Mitch Mormann (3-2, 3.47 ERA), with first pitch
scheduled for 2 p.m.
news release received from Illinois State]