Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Hinshaw named to all-tournament team

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[May 29, 2012] SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Illinois State junior center fielder Chad Hinshaw earned a spot on the 12-player State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team, as announced by the league office following Saturday night's championship game at Hammons Field.

Hinshaw led the Redbirds throughout ISU's four games in the eight-team tournament, with a .375 average, including three extra-base hits, four RBIs and six runs scored. The Bloomington, Ill., native also slugged .813 and amassed a .421 on-base percentage with two walks. Hinshaw collected a hit in each of Illinois State's games and finished the season on a team-best eight-game hitting streak and a nine-game reached-base streak.

Hinshaw was the hero in ISU's come-from-behind, extra-inning victory against Evansville on Thursday. In the top of the eighth inning, he homered over the left-field wall to pull the Redbirds within one run of the Purple Aces. Hinshaw then hit his second home run of the day in the top of the 10th inning, with two outs, to score what proved to be the winning run. He later went 2 for 3 with two RBIs in ISU's elimination-loss to Creighton.

The Redbirds finished the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship with a 2-2 record, including two wins against Evansville and two losses to Creighton. The No. 8-seeded Bluejays went on to beat No. 6 Southern Illinois for the tournament title Saturday night.

[Text from news release received from John Twork, graduate assistant, athletics communications, Illinois State University]

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