Redbirds host MacMurray and Webster
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[March 23, 2012]
-- After playing 19 consecutive road games to start the 2012
season, the Illinois State baseball team opens the home schedule
this weekend with a 3 p.m. Friday game against MacMurray, followed
by a game versus Webster on Sunday at 1 p.m.
MacMurray (6-2) and Webster (7-7) are both NCAA Division III schools
from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Redbird
homestand will continue Tuesday with a midweek game against in-state
"We are excited to finally be able to play at
home," said Illinois State head coach Mark Kingston. "Our goal is to
continue improving as we get closer to conference play."
ISU will try to bounce back, after losing Wednesday's
nonconference matchup at SIU Edwardsville 6-4. Redbird shortstop
Brett Kay led Illinois State with a three-run home run, which was
the third of his career and second of the season.
Outfielder Ty Wiesemeyer still leads ISU's offense with a .391
batting average and a team-best .494 on-base percentage. Catcher and
designated hitter Mike Hollenbeck is close behind with a .358
average, and he is riding a team-best seven-game hitting streak.
Hollenbeck and Wiesemeyer have also reached base in 14 consecutive
Illinois State will start junior right-hander Chris Razo (2-1)
Friday and freshman left-hander Dylan Craig (3-0) Sunday. Razo and
Craig are each slated to make their fifth starts of the season. Razo
has a 7.36 ERA this season with a team-high 26 strikeouts, while
Craig has a 5.01 ERA. MacMurray is scheduled to counter with
freshman left-hander Brock Robinson, while Webster's starter has not
been announced. Last season, the Gorloks won the SLIAC.
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The beginning of the 2012 season marks the start of free
admission to every game played at Duffy Bass Field. Plus, Friday
will be "Buck Day," with $1 hot dogs and $1 drinks. On Sunday, fans
can bring in gently used sporting goods to donate to local schools,
and kids can run the bases after the game.
Redbird game notes
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