The Redbirds (15-6) rallied with three runs in both the fourth and
sixth innings, while the arms of Dylan Craig and Brad Sorkin kept
Webster (10-8) at bay. Craig improved his record to 4-0 on the
season after pitching five innings and allowing five hits and two
runs, while striking out six. Sorkin collected his first save of the
year after throwing four scoreless innings.
The Gorlocks jumped
out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Alex
Kazmierski doubled home Tom Henke all the way from first base. Henke
had singled earlier in the frame.
The lead held up until the bottom of the fourth, when Illinois
State's Zach Johnson belted his fourth home run of the season.
Johnson also plated Kyle Stanton, who reached on an error to open
the inning. Johnson finished with a pair of hits on the day.
ISU added another run in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Tokarski
singled down the left field line with two outs to drive home Chad
Webster threatened in the top of the fifth, but Craig was able to
limit the damage to only one run, as the Redbirds continued to lead,
Following a pair of walks in the sixth inning, Tokarski doubled
to center field to knock two more runs home and lift the Illinois
State lead to 5-2. Tokarski later scored on a sacrifice fly off the
bat of Ty Wiesemeyer.
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Webster's Steven Dooley suffered the loss and his record dropped
to 0-3 on the campaign.
Illinois State will return to action Tuesday when the Redbirds
host in-state rival Illinois on Duffy Bass Field. The first pitch is
scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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