Late Rally Secures Series-Sweep Over
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[April 29, 2014]
— Jeremy Rhoades fired the first nine-inning complete game of his
career to secure a 4-3 comeback victory for Illinois State (29-12, 10-5
MVC) over Southern Illinois (21-23, 3-12 MVC) Sunday afternoon at Duffy
Bass Field. The victory capped a three-game sweep over the Salukis and
extended the ISU winning streak to seven games.
Rhoades (5-3) allowed three runs, all earned, on nine hits and added
five strikeouts for his second complete game this season. Aaron
Hauge allowed one run on three hits in 6.1 innings for a
no-decision. Matt Murphy (0-1) suffered the defeat and allowed three
runs on two hits in 0.2 innings.
Illinois State broke a 0-0 tie in the fourth inning. Joe Kelch
opened the frame with a single, and Sean Beesley tallied a
run-scoring single to give ISU a 1-0 lead.
Rhoades coasted early, firing perfect frames in three of the
first five innings of the game. SIU got on the board in the top of
the sixth inning as five singles allowed the Salukis to take a 3-1
lead over the Redbirds. Consecutive run-scoring knocks from Jake
Welch, Ryan Casillas and Cody Daily gave SIU the advantage. Rhoades
induced an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
Hauge was chased from the game with one out in the seventh inning
after he walked Dennis Colon. Murphy entered the game and got Brian
Rodemoyer to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
Jack Czeszewski opened the ninth inning with a single, and Daniel
Dwyer drew a walk to put two on. Paul DeJong then slapped a single
to right field to score Czeszewski and make it a one-run game. Tyler
Dray replaced Murphy, and Hollenbeck sacrificed both runners into
scoring position. After Kelch was hit by a pitch to load the bases,
Stewart lined the next pitch into center field to plate Dwyer and
DeJong and give Illinois State the lead for good.
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In the bottom of the ninth inning, Rhoades allowed one base
runner but got a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.
The Redbirds improved to 11-2 at home this season and will
conclude a five-game homestand Tuesday night versus Purdue. First
pitch is set for 6 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]