4 errors sink Redbirds in 5-2 finale at
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[February 18, 2013]
Tenn. -- Despite eight strikeouts from Illinois State starter Dan Savas,
the Redbirds (2-1) suffered a series-ending loss Sunday at Memphis
(1-2), committing four errors in defeat. The Redbirds were limited to
just three hits and did not draw a walk.
Savas allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of
work, striking out eight Tigers. He issued one walk and threw 90
pitches in the no-decision. Will Headean (0-1) suffered the loss,
allowing two unearned runs on one hit in one inning of work. Jon
Reed (1-0) earned the victory in relief for Memphis, firing five
scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Jonathan Van Eaton (1)
picked up his first save of the season, working a perfect ninth.
Kyle Stanton, Mike Hollenbeck and Marshall Vallandingham tallied the
only hits of the game for Illinois State, with Vallandingham earning
his first career hit and triple for the Redbirds.
Memphis starter Alex Gunn worked three scoreless innings with one
strikeout and one walk, leaving the game after the third inning
because of a strict pitch count. Vallandingham knocked the only hit
off Gunn, a triple down the right-field line with two outs in the
Illinois State third.
Making his first appearance since 2011, Savas faced the minimum
through three. In the fourth inning, Zac Johnson's error allowed
Tigers leadoff hitter Zach Willis to reach. He moved to second on a
walk to Carter White. RBI knocks from Bryce Beeler and Drew Griffin
scored Willis and Carter to give Memphis an early 2-0 lead.
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The Redbirds rallied for two runs off Reed in the fifth
inning. Consecutive hits from Stanton and Hollenbeck opened the
frame. Reed's errant pickoff throw sailed wide of first base,
allowing Stanton to score while advancing Hollenbeck to third
base. Hollenbeck would score on a sacrifice fly from Brock
Stewart, tying the game at 2-2. The Redbirds would not have a
base-runner the rest of the game and Gunn retired the final 11
batters he faced.
Memphis added two runs in the seventh inning off Headean. Austin
Hatfield drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a balk. Ford
Wilson sacrificed Hatfield to third, drawing the Redbird infield in.
Willis knocked a hard groundball at Johnson, who fired home to
Hollenbeck to retire Hatfield. Willis, who reached on the fielder's
choice, advanced from first to third on a two-base throwing error
from Headean on an errant pickoff attempt. Tucker Tubbs then
launched an RBI double off David Suarez to make it 4-2 Tigers.
Memphis added an unearned run in the ninth inning off Jeremy
Rhoades, on an inning kept alive following a throwing error from Joe
Van Eaton worked a perfect ninth inning to end the game. The
final 14 Illinois State batters were retired and Memphis registered
six perfect innings.
Following the series win over Memphis, Illinois State travels to
Clarksvillle, Tenn., for a three-game series Feb. 22-24 against
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