The Redbirds recorded seven hits without an error and stranded
four base-runners. Missouri State starter Nick Petree (4-1)
suffered his first lost of the season, giving up six hits and
two runs in seven innings pitched.
After three scoreless innings, the Bears scored first in the top
of the fourth with two base-on-balls plays, followed by a
right-field double by Koby Peebles to bring in Travis McComack
and take the lead 1-0. The Bears left base-runners stranded on
second and third with a deep fly ball by Keenen Maddox to end
the top half of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Redbirds began with a drop-in
fly ball to left field by Mike Hollenbeck, recording his second
hit of the day. Paul Dejong added a single to right field
followed by an overthrow by Joey Hawkins to bring in Hollenbeck
and Dejong and take the first Redbird lead of the night 2-1.
After threatening to score again in the bottom of the eighth,
with an error by Joey Hawkins and a single up the middle by Chad
Hinshaw, the Bears made their second pitching change, bringing
in Matt Hall to close out the inning.
With a narrow 2-1 lead heading into the ninth, the Bears
proposed a threat with a base-on-balls and wild pitch to advance
McComack to second base with one out. After falling behind in
the count 3-2, Razo recorded his ninth strikeout to get Peebles,
followed by Conner Wilson for the final out of the game.
The Redbirds will be back on the field Saturday for game two of
the three-game series, beginning at 2 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]