Illinois State's 16 unanswered
runs top Illinois
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[March 28, 2012]
-- Illinois State's Kevin Tokarski collected only one hit,
but it was a fourth-inning grand slam that gave ISU the lead for
good, and he finished with a game-high seven runs batted in, as the
Redbirds scored 16 unanswered runs in a 16-7 nonconference victory
Tuesday night over in-state rival Illinois at Duffy Bass Field.
Trailing 7-0 after 2 1/2 innings, Illinois State (16-6) regrouped
and plated 16 runs over five innings. The Redbirds took an 8-7 lead
on Tokarski's grand slam, which marked his second home run of the
season. With one out in the bottom of the fourth, after four
straight Redbird singles and a base on balls, Tokarski sent a 1-0
pitch over the left field wall for the base-clearing home run.
Freshman Jeremy Rhoades came on in relief of ISU's Johnny Lieske and
Ryan Camp and righted the ship. Rhoades pitched three innings of
scoreless baseball to improve his record to 2-1 on the year. He
allowed only two hits, while striking out four. ISU's Justin Hauer
and Kenny Long kept the Illini scoreless in the late innings, as
Illinois fell to 11-10 on the season.
Eric Aguilera led the Redbirds with three hits, while Ty
Wiesemeyer, Matt Mirabal, Kyle Stanton and Bryan Huff each belted
two. Tokarski and Aguilera each scored three runs, while Tokarski
moved into a tie for the all-time Illinois State career mark with
184 runs scored. He equaled the effort of Seth Von Behren, who
played from 1997-2000 at Illinois State. Tokarski also stole his
100th career base with the Redbirds.
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Illinois' starter John Kravetz suffered the loss and his record
dropped to 3-2.
Illinois State is back in action on Friday for the first game of
the three-game series at Indiana State, as the Redbirds open
Missouri Valley Conference play.
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