Evansville tops Illinois State 2-1
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[April 09, 2012]
-- Illinois State's Jordan Birch struck out 10 Evansville
batters, but the Purple Aces used a pair of two-out hits in the
third inning to take the lead, and it held up as the Redbirds fell
2-1 in the series opener at Marian Kneer Stadium Friday afternoon.
With the loss, ISU fell to 21-16 overall and 6-4 in the Valley,
while suffering its first home defeat of the season in four tries.
Evansville improved to 10-22 and 3-7, respectively.
In a scoreless
game, Evansville's Kayla Fortner drove home Brianna Villanueva with
a two-out single, before Amy Gaertner singled home Katie Sears to
give the Purple Aces a 2-0 lead. Evansville looked like it might add
to its lead in the fifth inning, as the Purple Aces had the bases
loaded with only one out, but Birch shut down the Aces with a pair
of infield outs.
The Redbirds cracked the scoring column in the bottom of the
fifth inning when Lindsey Greene singled to left field to score Kara
Repp, who had reached base on a triple to open the frame. ISU added
another base runner, but Jhavon Hamilton struck out and Elizabeth
Kay flew out to right field to end the inning.
Illinois State had one base runner in each of the final two
innings but was never able to get either of them in scoring
position. The Redbirds totaled eight hits without a single player
posting more than one. UE's Taylor Perry earned her second win of
the season (2-4), and Sarah Patterson posted her first save of the
season. Birch fell to 13-10 on the year for ISU.
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Illinois State and Evansville will conclude the series Saturday,
as the two teams will face each other in a doubleheader
beginning at noon.
news release received from Illinois State]