Rally In Ninth To Top Redbirds 7-6
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[April 10, 2014]
— Northern Illinois (7-21-1, 3-6 MAC) rallied for two runs in the
bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Illinois State (19-11, 5-4 MVC) 7-6
David Suarez (2-1) was ticketed with the loss. He allowed two earned
runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work. Ben Neumann (2-0) worked
two scoreless innings with one strikeout for the win. Paul DeJong
and Logan Leverett each launched home runs for Illinois State;
however, the Redbirds were outhit 12-9 and committed two errors,
while the Huskies played error-free defense.
DeJong lifted a solo home run, his fourth of the season, with two
outs in the first inning to give ISU an early 1-0 advantage. NIU
responded with three runs, two earned, off Will Headean in the
bottom of the first. The Huskies added one run without a hit in the
fourth inning to lead 4-1.
Dennis Colon drove home a run on a fielder's choice in the fourth
inning, and Brian Rodemoyer drew a bases-loaded walk one inning
later. It cut the deficit to one run at 4-3.
Leverett's two-run home run plated Mike Hollenbeck in the seventh
inning and gave ISU the lead at 5-4, but NIU answered with one run
off Ben Hecht in the bottom of the frame to keep the game tied. In
the eighth inning, Hollenbeck's one-out sacrifice fly scored Mason
Snyder to give Illinois State a 6-5 advantage.
Alex Klonowski opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a
double off Suarez. Brian Sisler followed with a double, scoring
Klonowski, to tie the game. Three batters later, with runners at the
corners and one out, Chris DiVarco flew out to Leverett, but Sisler
tagged from third to score the winning run.
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The Redbirds will host Robert Morris on Thursday with a 6 p.m. start
at Duffy Bass Field.
Box score (PDF)
Overall statistics (PDF)
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Illinois State University]