Redbirds win 5-4 on Sunday to sweep Morehead State
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[April 15, 2013]
-- Eric Aguilera's ninth-inning, one-out RBI single to right field scored
Sean Beesley to set off a wild celebration at Duffy Bass Field on Sunday
as the Illinois State Redbirds (19-15, 3-3 MVC) walked off as 5-4
winners over Morehead State (9-27, 4-12 OVC) to complete a four-game
series-sweep over the Eagles. The Redbirds are now a season-best four
games over .500.
After surrendering a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth, the
Redbirds completed the ninth-inning rally off Matt Duncan (1-3).
Beesley knocked a one-out single and promptly stole second base.
After a Zac Johnson walk, Aguilera pulled a pitch into right field
to score Beesley and empty the Redbird first-base dugout.
starter Brad Sorkin had a no-decision, going 8 2-3 innings. He
allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits and struck out three. He
was lifted from the game with two outs and one on in the ninth
inning and was replaced by Jeremy Rhoades.
Rhoades (1-0), who entered the game with the Redbirds leading 4-1
with two outs in the ninth, allowed consecutive singles to Trey
Gross and Taylor Pickens to load the bases. Kane Sweeney's
bases-clearing triple tied the game at 4-4. Rhoades struck out Chase
Greenwell to close the ninth and earned the victory in 1-3 inning of
relief. The two runs he allowed were unearned.
For the fourth straight game this weekend, the Redbirds scored
first. In the bottom of the first, Beesley singled with one out and
stole his first of three bases on the day. Johnson and Kyle Stanton
drew walks, setting up a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Daniel Dwyer
to give the Redbirds the early 1-0 lead.
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After a leadoff walk in the top of the second, the Eagles
answered by scoring a run of their own to even up the score at
ISU scored two more runs in the second, after an error and a
two-out, two-run single by Johnson. The two teams went scoreless for
the next four frames, before ISU added another run in the seventh on
a Beesley RBI single.
The Redbirds have now won a season-best five consecutive baseball
games and are 7-1 on the current 12-game homestand.
Illinois State remains home Tuesday night and will host in-state
rival Illinois. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]