ISU posted five runs in the second inning, and that was all
starting pitcher Dylan Craig needed, as he earned his fifth win of
the season against two defeats. Craig pitched six innings and
allowed only one run on five hits, while striking out seven and
Zach Johnson opened the second inning with a triple down the right-field line. After Eric Aguilera was hit by a pitch, Mike Hollenbeck
sent Johnson home with a sacrifice fly. Aguilera later scored on a
double by Kyle Stanton. Chad Hinshaw pushed the lead to 4-0 with a
two-RBI single, scoring Matt Mirabal and Stanton. Ty Weismeyer
finished the second-inning scoring with a single that plated Hinshaw.
The Redbird scoring barrage chased Bradley (21-14-1) starter Justin
Ziegler, who finished with the loss to drop his record to 2-4 on the
season. Ziegler lasted only 1 2-3 innings, while
allowing five hits and five runs, all earned.
After a Bradley run in the top of third, and with ISU leading 5-1,
Weismeyer put the game out of reach with his grand slam in the
bottom of the fourth inning. The home run was Weismeyer's third of
the season and scored Brett Kay, Hinshaw and Mirabal.
The Braves cut into the lead in the top of the seventh with a pair
of runs, but Illinois State added a run in the bottom of the frame
and two more insurance runs in the eighth for the final score, 12-3.
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Hinshaw, Weismeyer, Johnson and Mirabal each knocked a pair of
hits, as the Redbirds finished with 11 for the game. Hinshaw led
the way with three runs scored.
ISU also got solid relief from Justin Hauer and Kenny Long.
Hauer pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless baseball,
while allowing only one hit. Long, who is slated to start
Sunday's game, threw a perfect ninth inning with a pair of
Illinois State and Bradley were to wrap up the series Sunday at
Duffy Bass Field with the rubber game. First pitch was scheduled
for 1 p.m.
news release received from Todd Kober, associate athletics
director, Illinois State University]