ISU's Chris Razo took the loss after throwing six innings,
dropping his record to 4-4 on the season. He surrendered seven runs,
six of which were earned, and 11 hits, while walking three and
striking out two. Bradley posted its six-run inning in the seventh
against Johnny Lieske, who allowed all the runs in the frame,
including four earned runs, in only a third of an inning pitched.
With the loss, Illinois State suffered its fourth straight defeat
and fell to 20-14 on the season, while the Braves improved to
20-14-1. Bradley's Joe Bircher pitched a complete game to earn the
win, allowing only two runs on five hits.
Both the Redbird runs came in the first two innings, off a sacrifice
fly in each frame. Kevin Tokarski sent a fly ball to the wall in the
bottom of the first inning with the bases loaded to drive home Chad
Hinshaw for the first run. In the second inning, Kyle Stanton flied
out to right field to score Matt Mirabal, who had tripled to open
ISU's Ty Wiesemeyer posted two of the Redbirds' five hits, while
Bradley's Max Murphy finished with a game-high four RBIs, including
two with a third-inning two-run home run.
Illinois State and Bradley return to Duffy Bass Field on Saturday for a
2 p.m. start.
news release received from Todd Kober, associate athletics
director, Illinois State University]