Redbirds sweep doubleheader against Army
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[March 19, 2012]
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Matt
Mirabal went 5 for 8 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Kenny
Long earned two saves to lead Illinois State to a doubleheader sweep
versus Army on Saturday evening at Chain of Lakes Park. ISU beat
Army 7-5 in the first game and won 6-5 in the nightcap.
The Redbirds (13-5) finished their spring break road trip with a 6-2
record in Florida. By sweeping the Black Knights (10-6) in the pair
of seven-inning games, ISU went 6-0 at the RussMatt Central Florida
Invitational, and the Redbirds have now won three straight.
were great wins for us," said Illinois State head coach Mark
Kingston. "That's a tough team we played. They're well-coached and
they play extremely hard. So I'm really happy that we came out with
two wins today."
The Redbirds took the early lead in the first inning as Mirabal
singled and Zac Johnson drove him home with a base hit. ISU added
two more runs in the second frame with a two-RBI single by Mirabal.
Army responded with one run in the third and two in the fifth to tie
the game 3-3. However, the Redbirds regained the lead in the bottom
of the inning, as Kyle Stanton scored on an error, and Chad Hinshaw
doubled home Eric Aguilera and Johnson.
The Black Knights pulled within 6-5 with two runs in the sixth
inning, but Stanton drove home an insurance run with an RBI single
in the bottom of the sixth to increase ISU's advantage to two.
Long earned the save after pitching the final two innings,
allowing no earned runs on two hits and striking out three. Justin
Hauer (1-1) was awarded the victory for pitching two-thirds of a
scoreless inning of relief for starter Brad Sorkin.
Illinois State scored all six of its runs in the first two
innings, with five of them coming in the opening frame. Bryan Huff
scored the game's first run on a wild pitch, and Johnson walked with
the bases loaded to put ISU ahead 2-0. Then Mike Hollenbeck hit an
RBI single and Aguilera drove in two with a base hit. A double by
Hollenbeck in the second inning increased ISU's advantage to 6-0.
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Army did not score until the fourth inning, and a four-run sixth
allowed the Black Knights to pull within one run.
However, Long came in once again to work the final 1 2-3 innings
without allowing an earned run. The left-handed closer not only
secured the Redbird victory, but also earned his sixth save of the
season. Starting pitcher Dylan Craig (3-0) secured his third win of
the year by pitching five innings, allowing four earned runs on five
hits and striking out four.
With Illinois State's spring break trip complete, the Redbirds
will now prepare to play at SIU Edwardsville on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
ISU opens the 2012 home season Friday against MacMurray at 3 p.m.
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