"Creighton played better than us today," said Illinois State head
coach Mark Kingston. "For some reason, we just didn't play our
best baseball today. They did everything well today, and we just
didn't have an answer for it. We have to be ready to bounce back,
and I think we will respond well."
The Redbirds (32-18), who have won 10 of their last 12 games, will
now have to win four consecutive games to earn the State Farm MVC
Championship title. If ISU beats Evansville (32-26) Thursday
morning, the Redbirds will have a rematch with Creighton (24-28)
Thursday at 4:07 p.m. If Illinois State wins the rematch, the
Redbirds and Bluejays will play again Friday to determine who will
advance to Saturday's championship game.
After upsetting No. 1 Indiana State Tuesday, Creighton took an early
lead against the Redbirds Wednesday, with one run in the second
inning. However, Illinois State responded in the top of the third,
as Brett Kay and Chad Hinshaw both singled, and Ty Wiesemeyer
doubled to plate Kay. Hinshaw later scored on a wild pitch to give
ISU a 2-1 lead. But the Bluejays added 10 unanswered runs over the
next five innings to take an 11-2 advantage in the seventh.
In the eighth, Hinshaw walked to lead off the inning, and he scored
on a double by Aguilera. The Redbirds added two more runs in the
ninth, as Mike Hollenbeck led off with a single, followed by a
Mirabal double. Both base runners scored on a double by Kyle
Stanton. However, ISU did not get closer, as Creighton held off
Illinois State 11-5.
Redbird starter Dylan Craig (8-4) suffered the loss after pitching
5 1-3 innings, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits. Meanwhile, Shane Liska (2-4) earned the win with a six-inning, one-earned-run
performance. Creighton's Mike Gerber led the Bluejays offensively
with a 4-for-5 effort, including three RBIs and two runs scored.
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Illinois State's 9:07 matchup with Evansville Thursday will see
junior right-hander Brad Sorkin (4-3, 4.21 ERA) face Evansville
left-hander Kyle Freeland (4-5, 4.57 ERA). The pitching
matchup is the same as last Friday's series final, which the
Redbirds won 8-7 in 12 innings. Neither starter factored into
Live audio coverage of Thursday's game will be available on
GoRedbirds.com and WJBC.com. Additionally, a live telecast will
be streamed on ESPN3.com.
CollegeSportsMadness.com names Missouri Valley
Illinois State outfielder Eric Aguilera, infielder Zac Johnson
and outfielder Ty Wiesemeyer were named to the
CollegeSportsMadness.com Missouri Valley All-Conference First
Team, as announced Wednesday. Aguilera and Johnson have already
received first-team recognition from the league office, while
Wiesemeyer was an honorable mention.
news release received from John Twork, graduate assistant,
athletics communications, Illinois State University]