Illinois State eliminated from tournament with loss to Creighton
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[May 25, 2012]
Mo. -- Illinois State fell behind early and never led as the No. 4
Redbirds fell to No. 8 Creighton 10-3 Thursday night at Hammons
Field. With the loss, ISU (33-19) was eliminated from the State Farm
Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship, while the Bluejays
(25-28) advanced to play in Saturday's tournament title game.
Kyle Stanton and Chad Hinshaw led the Redbirds offensively with
2-for-3 performances, and Stanton scored two runs, while Hinshaw had
two RBIs. Ty Wiesemeyer contributed with a 2-for-4 effort, including
one RBI in his final game as a Redbird. Illinois State starting
pitcher Jeremy Rhoades (4-4) suffered the loss after allowing two
earned runs on eight hits through 4 2-3 innings of work.
Justin Hauer pitched 2 2-3 innings of relief during his 32nd
appearance of the season, which set the single-season appearance
record, formerly held by Kenny Long and Ryan Copeland, who appeared
31 times in 2010. Creighton's Erik Mattingly (2-4) earned the
victory following a six-inning outing, allowing one earned run on
seven hits. Meanwhile, Jake Peter went 4 for 4 to lead the Bluejay
offense. Creighton outhit Illinois State 13-8.
The Bluejays took a 5-0 lead with two runs in the first inning and
three in the fifth, before the Redbirds got on the board in the
bottom of the fifth inning. Stanton singled and later scored on a
sacrifice by Hinshaw. Then, Brett Kay came home on a double to
center field by Wiesemeyer, making the score 5-2. Illinois State
pulled within two runs in the seventh inning, as Stanton led off
with a double and scored on a Hinshaw single, cutting the deficit to
However, Creighton took a commanding 10-3 lead with five runs
in the eighth inning, and the Redbirds were held scoreless
through the final two frames.
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The Bluejays will play either
Southern Illinois or Missouri State in Saturday's championship
game of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball
Championship. ISU was eliminated after going 2-2 in the
tournament, with two wins against No. 5 Evansville and two
losses to No. 8 Creighton.
ISU's 33-win season marked the first time in program history
that the Redbirds have had three-consecutive seasons of 30-plus wins.
news release from John Twork, graduate assistant,
athletics communications, Illinois State University]