Craig fans career-high 10; Illinois State
defeats LIU Brooklyn 2-0
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[March 11, 2014]
HAVEN, Fla. — Dylan Craig (3-0) fired a career-high 10
strikeouts over seven scoreless innings to lead Illinois State (8-3, 0-0
Missouri Valley Conference) to a 2-0 shutout victory Saturday over LIU
Brooklyn in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. Craig has amassed
19 strikeouts over his last 13 innings and has won his last three starts
for the Redbirds.
Craig worked a season-best seven innings and did not allow a run on
six hits. The left-hander issued two walks and worked three 1-2-3
innings. The win marked the 11th career victory for the Murphysboro,
Ill., native. David Suarez (2) collected his second save of the
season and blanked the Blackbirds over the final two innings. Suarez
added one strikeout. Bobby Maxwell (1-2) suffered the loss and
allowed one earned run in five innings of work.
sparked the Illinois State offense in the first inning, reaching on
a one-out single before collecting the first stolen base of his
Illinois State career. Mike Hollenbeck drove a 1-1- pitch into the
outfield to score Colon and give Illinois State an early 1-0
The Redbirds had scoring chances in the second, third and fourth
innings before adding to their lead in the sixth inning. With relief
pitcher Nick Freijomil throwing, Mason Snyder launched a one-out
double down the left-field line. He advanced to third on a passed
ball and scored on a two-out single off the bat of Daniel Dwyer.
Craig's 1-2-3 innings were in the first, third and sixth frames.
He struck out the side in the third inning and fanned the last two
batters he faced in the seventh. Suarez allowed a two-out single in
the eighth inning before fanning John Ziznewski to end the scoring
threat and pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure the win.
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Illinois State is now a season-best five games over .500.
The Redbirds continued play in the RussMatt Central Florida
Invitational on Sunday afternoon, facing Bucknell. Jeremy Rhoades
made his first start since 2012. (See
news release received from
Illinois State University]