Razor-sharp performance by Razo secures Redbirds’ 2-1 win over Missouri State

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[April 06, 2013]  NORMAL -- Illinois State right-hander Chris Razo pitched a complete game Friday night, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts and giving up only one hit and one run to lift Illinois State (13-14, 2-2, Missouri Valley Conference) past Missouri State (18-7, 3-1, MVC) 2-1 in the first game of a series.

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.


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[Text from news release received from Illinois State University]

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