Redbirds earn rain-shortened win over MacMurray
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[March 24, 2012]
-- Strong lightning and storms caused an early end to the
Illinois State baseball home opener at Duffy Bass Field Friday, but
the Redbirds (14-6) played long enough to earn an 8-0 win over
MacMurray (6-3) in five innings.
ISU starter Chris Razo (3-1) earned the victory in five strong
innings of work on the mound. Razo allowed just two hits and struck
out six batters to pick up his third victory of the season.
MacMurray starter Brock Robinson (0-1) was saddled with the loss,
after allowing six earned runs on four walks and five hits in three
The Redbirds were led by third baseman Zac Johnson, who
went 2 for 2 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk. Ty Wiesemeyer
also had a pair of hits, drove in a run and had three stolen bases
for ISU. Derek Crouch and Brayden Johnson had the only hits of the
day off Razo for the Highlanders.
Illinois State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom half
of the first inning. With one out, Wiesemeyer doubled to the gap in
left-center field and later advanced to third base on his fourth
stolen base of the year. After Matt Mirabal walked and was thrown
out while trying to steal second base, Kyle Stanton walked with two
outs. A wild pitch to Johnson then allowed Wiesemeyer to score the
first run of the inning, as Stanton advanced to second base. A
double down the right field line by Johnson scored Stanton for the
second run of the inning for the Redbirds.
The Redbirds added another run in the bottom of the second to
extend the lead to 3-0. With one out, Chad Hinshaw walked and
proceeded to steal second and third base to up his season total to
12. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Kay to left field to
extend the ISU lead to three runs. ISU then tacked on its fourth run
of the day on an RBI single by Johnson in the bottom of the third
inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
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The lead continued to grow for the Redbirds in the bottom of the
fourth inning, when they scored three runs on three hits and took
advantage of two Highlander errors. Bryan Huff picked up an RBI on a
fielder’s choice groundout, and Hinshaw scored on a throwing error
later in the inning on an attempted steal by Huff. Huff then came
around to score on an RBI by Wiesemeyer to cap off the inning for
The score grew to 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, when
Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Mark Menneker.
Later in the inning, lighting and storms in the area forced the game
to be called, and Illinois State came away with the 8-0 victory in
their home opener.
Illinois State returns to the field Sunday at 1 p.m. against
Webster. Dylan Craig (3-0, 5.01 ERA) will take the mound for the
Redbirds against Steve Dooley (0-2, 3.60 ERA) of Webster.
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