Colón's Sacrifice-Fly Caps 15-Inning, 2-1
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[April 29, 2014]
— One day after drawing a walk-off walk in the bottom of the 12th
inning, Illinois State (28-12, 9-5 MVC) battled for 15 innings before
topping Southern Illinois (21-22, 3-11 MVC) Saturday afternoon at Duffy
Bass Field. Dennis Colón's one-out sacrifice fly scored Jack Czeszewski
to set off a celebration on the infield. The win moved Illinois State to
a season-best 16 games over .500 and put the Redbirds at 10-2 in home
games this spring.
On a day when the wind was blowing in hard from left field, strong
pitching dominated the afternoon. David Suarez (3-1) worked a
career-best 6.1 innings and tallied a career-high seven strikeouts
to earn the win in relief of Dylan Craig. Craig tallied 8.2 innings
of one-run ball with six strikeouts for a no-decision. SIU starter
Todd Eaton fired a career-high 10 innings of one-run ball for a
no-decision. Lee Weld worked three scoreless innings, and Kyle
Preumer (2-4) was ticketed with the loss.
Eaton retired the first
11 Redbirds in order before surrendering a two-out solo home run to
Paul DeJong in the fourth inning. The blast cleared the fence in
right field for the eighth home run this spring from DeJong. SIU
tied the game one inning later on an RBI-knock from Parker Osbourne.
Craig stymied the Salukis with 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and
seventh frames to preserve a 1-1 tie. In the ninth inning, Craig
retired the first two batters he faced before walking Will Farmer
and Tyler Rolland. Suarez then entered the game and walked Conor
Kopach to load the bases, with two outs, before fanning Osbourne on
a 2-2 pitch to end the threat. The pitch ended up getting past Mike
Hollenbeck, but Osbourne never left the batter's box, and Hollenbeck
threw him out at first base for the third out.
The Redbirds had scoring opportunities late, stranding men on
base in the ninth, 11th, 12th and 13th innings. In the 15th inning,
Czeszewski opened the frame with a walk. After Brian Rodemoyer
struck out, Pruemer hit Logan Leverett and Joe Kelch back-to-back to
load the bases. Colón lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, but
Osbourne's throw to home plate was up the line to end the game.
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The three-game Valley series was scheduled to close Sunday
afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. Impending thunderstorms moved the
game to a noon start. Following the contest, Illinois State players,
coaches and support staff would shave their heads to honor the
second annual Vs. Cancer baseball game.
Box score (PDF)
Overall statistics (PDF)
news release received from
Illinois State University]