ISU wins Game
1 at State Farm MVC tournament against UE
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[May 23, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Eric Aguilera
went 3 for 5 with three doubles and two RBIs to lead Illinois State
to a 10-3 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball
Championship opening-game victory against Evansville Tuesday morning
at Hammons Field. With the win, which was Mark Kingston's 100th
victory as ISU's third-year head coach, the Redbirds will advance to
play the winner of the Indiana State versus Evansville game
Wednesday at 4 p.m.
"Today was a complete effort by our team," Kingston said. "It
started with Chris Razo on the mound. He really pounded the strike
zone and let the defense work behind him, and his stuff was as good
as it's been. Our defense was really good behind him, and our
offense had a lot of quality at-bats today."
Razo (7-4) allowed just two earned runs with two strikeouts through
seven innings of work, while Evansville's Cole Isom (2-9) suffered
the loss after giving up five earned runs with one strikeout in a
3 1-3-inning outing. Redbird relievers Ryan Camp and Justin Hauer
teamed up to secure the win.
Illinois State's offense teamed up for 11 hits, including eight
extra-base hits. Along with Aguilera's performance, Ty Wiesemeyer
went 2- for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Trentt Copeland led
Evansville with a 3 for 4 effort, including one run scored.
Chad Hinshaw set the tempo early, leading off the bottom of the
first with a double, and he scored on an Aguilera double. Kevin
Tokarski then scored on a groundout by Matt Mirabal to give ISU an
early 2-0 lead. The Redbirds added two more runs in the second
inning, as Wiesemeyer tripled home two runs.
Then in the fourth
inning, Illinois State broke the game open with four more runs. Mike
Hollenbeck led off with a double and scored on a double by Brett
Kay. Kay later scored on a throwing error, and Tokarski and Aguilera
both doubled to drive in two more runs.
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A sacrifice fly by Kay in the fifth inning increased Illinois
State's lead to 9-0. Evansville got on the board for the first
time with one run in the sixth and one in the seventh. The
Redbirds capped their scoring with an RBI single by Mirabal,
while the Purple Aces plated a final run in the ninth to make
the score 10-3.
No. 4 Illinois State will play No. 8 Creighton in the second
round of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference tournament
on Wednesday at 4 p.m., as the Bluejays upset No. 1 Indiana State
Tuesday afternoon behind a complete-game, one-hit shutout by
Creighton starter Ty Blach. There will be live
audio on GoRedbirds.com and WJBC.com, and live video on
news release received from John Twork, graduate assistant,
athletics communications, Illinois State University]