Illinois State falls to Bucknell 4-2
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[March 11, 2014]
HAVEN, Fla. — Corey Furman's walk-off two-run home run
in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled Bucknell (5-5, 0-0 Patriot
League) to a 4-2 victory over Illinois State (8-4, 0-0 Missouri Valley
Conference) on Sunday afternoon at the RussMatt Central Florida
Invitational. Illinois State finished the weekend with a 2-1 record,
following wins Friday and Saturday versus LIU Brooklyn.
Furman's two-run blast off Brock Stewart (0-1) cleared the fence in
right field to end the game. Stewart did not retire either of the
two batters he faced in the ninth inning, as Brett Smith knocked a
single to open the frame before scoring on the home run. Mike
Castellani (1-0) secured his first collegiate victory and worked two
scoreless innings with three strikeouts for Bucknell.
Rhoades made his first collegiate start since May 24, 2012, and
worked a career-best six innings for Illinois State. Rhoades struck
out a career-high 10 and allowed two earned runs on eight hits with
one walk for the no-decision.
The Redbirds scored first Sunday, jumping to a 1-0 lead in the
fourth inning. Mike Hollenbeck extended his team-best on-base streak
to 12 games with a one-out double. Paul DeJong's run-scoring single
drove home Hollenbeck and extended DeJong's hitting streak to a
team-high 11 games. The Redbirds added another run in the fifth
inning off Bucknell starter Dan Weigel. Sean Beesley opened the
inning with a single, stole second base, advanced to third base on
an error and scored on Dennis Colon's sacrifice fly.
Bucknell rallied to tie the game off Rhoades in the bottom of the
fifth inning. Smith reached on an infield single and advanced to
second base on an error from Rhoades. Furman then lifted a
run-scoring triple and later scored on an RBI knock from Joe Ogren.
The Redbirds had scoring chances in the sixth, seventh and eighth
innings, but stranded four base runners, keeping the game tied at
2-2. Bucknell loaded the bases with one out off Ben Hecht in the
seventh inning. David Suarez was called on in relief and struck out
Rob Krentzman for the first out before getting Justin Meier to fly
out to Mason Snyder to end the threat.
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Jack Czeszewski worked a perfect eighth inning with one
Redbird pitchers tallied 12 strikeouts in the loss, and Illinois
State left eight men on base.
The Redbirds had Monday off before concluding action in the
RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Tuesday. Illinois State
will face Bowling Green in a 1 p.m. CDT start at Chain of Lakes
news release received from
Illinois State University]