Redbirds travel to Illinois Tuesday looking for sweep
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[April 17, 2012]
CHAMPAIGN -- The in-state
rivalry between Illinois State and Illinois resumes Tuesday, when
the Redbird baseball team travels to Illinois Field for ISU's second
game against the Fighting Illini this season. The first pitch is
scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Illinois State (20-12) will try to sweep the two-game season
series against Illinois (18-16) after winning the first game 16-7 on
March 27 at Duffy Bass Field. Kevin Tokarski hit a fourth-inning
grand slam in the contest to give ISU the lead for good, and he
finished with a game-high seven runs batted in, as the Redbirds
scored 16 unanswered runs.
Jeremy Rhoades came on in relief of ISU's Johnny Lieske and Ryan
Camp to earn the win. He pitched three innings of scoreless baseball
and allowed only two hits, while striking out four. ISU's Justin
Hauer and Kenny Long kept the Illini scoreless in the late innings.
Jordan Parr led Illinois with a 2-for-4 performance, including two
runs and one RBI.
The Redbirds will try to win their fourth straight midweek game,
after losing both Missouri Valley Conference matchups at Missouri
State last weekend. Meanwhile, Illinois is coming off a
three-game sweep at Big Ten Conference foe No. 18 Purdue.
Illinois State will start junior right-hander Brad Sorkin (2-2, 4.85
ERA), while Illinois will counter with freshman right-hander Reid
Roper (1-0, 1.12 ERA). Sorkin earned the win last Tuesday at
Northern Illinois, pitching six innings, allowing three runs on six
hits and striking out five. Matt Schmitt and Ryan Camp teamed up for
the final three shutout innings of relief.
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Chad Hinshaw will try to remain hot after leading the Redbirds
last week with a .706 on-base percentage. He also batted .500 and
slugged 1.300 with five hits, including two home runs and two
doubles. Hinshaw also collected a team-best eight RBIs, and he walked
a team-high six times.
Tuesday's game marks the 77th meeting between the two schools, with
Illinois leading the all-time series 44-32.
here for complete game notes.
news release received from John Twork, athletics communications, Illinois State University]