Illinois State wins Valley opener at Indiana State
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[March 31, 2012]
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Eric Aguilera went 3 for 4 with a home run, and
Chris Razo pitched six innings without allowing an earned run, to
lift Illinois State to a 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference win Friday
night at Bob Warn Field at Indiana State. The Redbirds improved to
17-6 and 1-0 in the Valley, while Indiana State fell to 21-6 and
"I thought our team competed well tonight and showed good poise,"
said Illinois State head coach Mark Kingston. "We didn't feel like
we were tight because it was the first conference game. We felt like
we are a good team, and we played like that."
Along with Aguilera's offensive contributions, Zac Johnson went 2
for 3 with one RBI and one run scored, and Matt Mirabal was 2 for 4
with one run. Ryan Walterhouse led Indiana State with a 2-for-3
Dakota Bacus (4-2) suffered the Sycamore loss after
allowing eight earned runs through eight innings. Razo improved to
4-1 and registered six strikeouts for the Redbirds. After Justin
Hauer threw one scoreless inning of relief, Kenny Long pitched the
final two shutout frames with three strikeouts to register his
seventh save of the season.
Following a scoreless first inning, Indiana State took a 1-0 lead in
the second. Jeremy Lucas led off with a single and advanced to
second on a throwing error. He then moved to third on a groundout
and scored on another groundout by Jon Hedges.
Illinois State responded with its first lead in the fourth inning.
Mirabal led off with a double to right-center field, and Johnson
drove him home with another double. Johnson then scored on a two-out
single by Aguilera. However, Indiana State answered in the fifth, as
Tyler Wampler singled and later came home on a fielding error.
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With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, Aguilera hit a
towering home run over the right-center field fence to regain the
Redbird lead. Razo, Hauer and Long teamed up to hold Indiana State
scoreless through the final four innings to secure the win.
Illinois State will go for the series win Saturday in the second
game of the three-game Valley set. First pitch is scheduled for 1
p.m. Central time, with live coverage available on WHOW-AM 1520 and
FM 92.3, as well as at GoRedbirds.com and
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