Redbirds sweep Western Illinois with 4-1 win
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[May 14, 2012] NORMAL
-- Ty Wiesemeyer had a solid day offensively for Illinois State,
as he was 2 for 4 from the batter's box with a solo home run and a
triple, while scoring two runs in the Redbirds' (29-16) 4-1 win over
in-state rival Western Illinois (15-33-1) Sunday in the final home
game of the regular season.
Matt Mirabal also played a crucial role in the batter's box, as
he was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Brett Kay was also was 2 for 3 at the
plate with an RBI and scored a run for the Redbirds, while Kevin Tokarski was 1 for 2, drew two walks and scored a run.
Brad Sorkin recorded his 11th start of the season and improved his
record to 4-3. Sorkin threw six complete innings with six
strikeouts, while allowing five hits and one run. From the Redbird
bullpen, Justin Hauer came in for two innings and faced six batters,
striking out one, and didn't allow a hit. Ryan Camp and Kenny Long
teamed up to close the game in the ninth. Long made his 91st
appearance in the game, becoming the Redbird career leader in
For the first time in the series, Western Illinois got on the board
first with an RBI double by Brent Turner, driving in Steve Kedroski,
who had a leadoff walk to start the second. In the bottom of the
fourth, Wiesemeyer protected the plate in a full-count situation and
hit his fourth homer of the season, tying the game 1-1.
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Wiesemeyer continued to have a solid day in the batter's box, as
he hit a triple to the gap in right-center field and scored on a
sacrifice fly by Mirabal to left field in ISU's half of the
sixth inning. Illinois State continued its offensive attack in
the seventh, as Tokarski started the inning with a double down
the left-field line and scored on a single by Kay. Mark Menaker
singled to the right side, scoring Kay from third to give ISU a
three-run advantage, 4-1. WIU was unable to answer in the final
two innings and fell to the Redbirds.
Illinois State will wrap up its Missouri Valley Conference
schedule with a three-game series at Evansville May 17-19.
Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
news release received from Lauren Hutchcraft, assistant athletics
communications director, Illinois State University]