Savas Goes The Distance As Illinois State
Tops Indiana State 5-2
Send a link to a friend
[April 01, 2014]
HAUTE, Ind. — Dan Savas fired his second consecutive
complete game to lead Illinois State (16-7, 3-1 Missouri Valley
Conference) to a 5-2 victory over Indiana State (16-6, 1-3 Missouri
Valley Conference) on Friday night at Bob Warn Field. Savas has now won
17 consecutive decisions and has thrown consecutive Valley complete-game
Savas (7-0) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits, with six
strikeouts and two walks. The victory was the 20th win of his career
as a Redbird. David Stagg (4-2) was ticketed with the loss. He
allowed two earned runs on five hits over 5.1 innings.
The Sycamores scored first to take a 1-0 lead off Savas in the
second inning. Brian Romero drew a one-out walk and scored on an
RBI-single from Jeff Zahn. Savas then retired 10 straight Sycamores,
a streak that carried into the fifth inning.
Sean Beesley opened the third inning with a single. The Redbird
center fielder then stole second base and third base before scoring
on an RBI hit from Paul DeJong to tie the game 1-1. Daniel Dwyer
drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning and scored on Mike
Hollenbeck's double down the left-field line. Hollenbeck finished
with two hits and one walk to extend his on-base streak to 23 games.
Beesley drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, and Dwyer
added a sacrifice fly to extend the Illinois State advantage to 4-1.
In the ninth inning, Mason Snyder pulled a pinch-hit single into
left field to plate Hollenbeck and make it 5-1 Illinois State.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Mike Fitzgerald roped a
leadoff single off Savas. Romero then reached on an error by Joe
Kelch, putting runners at first and second base with nobody out.
With a 0-2 count on Wampler, there was a light malfunction at Bob
Warn Field that led to a 10-minute delay. When play resumed, Wampler
reached on a fielder's choice; however, Romero was forced out at
second base by Savas. Jeff Zahn then lifted a fly ball to center
field, but Beesley dropped the ball for an error. Fitzgerald scored
to make it 5-2 Illinois State and Wampler advanced to second base.
Connor McClain batted next and lifted a blast to right-center field,
but Leverett made a diving catch near the warning track for out two
and fired to second base to double off Wampler and end the game.
[to top of second column]
In addition to his defensive gem to end the game, Leverett
reached base four times and scored one run for Illinois State.
The series resumed Saturday afternoon. (See
news release received from
Illinois State University]