Redbirds walk off twice to take
Valley-opening series vs. Bradley
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[March 25, 2014]
HAUTE, Ind. — Illinois State (15-5, 2-0 Missouri Valley
Conference) swept a doubleheader versus Bradley (13-5, 0-2 Missouri
Valley Conference) on Friday to claim a Missouri Valley Conference
series win in Terre Haute, Ind. Logan Leverett clubbed a walk-off
three-run home run to run-rule Bradley 13-1 in seven innings in game
one. David Suarez earned a win in relief and knocked a walk-off RBI
single in his first collegiate at-bat to secure a 7-6 come-from-behind
win in game two.
After the doubleheader, the Redbirds were a season-best 10 games
Game one recap
Sean Beesley reached base three times, tallied three RBIs and
scored three runs to help guide Illinois State to the 13-1 run-rule
victory over Bradley in the Missouri Valley Conference opener Friday
afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. Dan Savas (6-0) allowed one unearned
run on four hits with one strikeout to earn the complete-game win
for Illinois State. Savas has now won 16 consecutive decisions,
dating back to 2013, and secured his 19th career win at ISU.
Illinois State jumped to an 8-0 lead after two innings and chased
Bradley starter David Koll (2-2) from the game in the second inning.
Koll finished with six earned runs allowed in 1.2 innings and
suffered the defeat. Mike Hollenbeck lifted a sacrifice fly to score
Beesley in the first inning, and Illinois State sent 13 batters to
the plate in a seven-run second inning. ISU received RBI at-bats
from Beesley, Paul DeJong, Hollenbeck and Brock Stewart in the
frame. Peter Resnick took over for Koll with two outs in the second
inning and worked the final 4.1 innings for the Braves. He allowed
seven earned runs on nine hits.
Daniel Dwyer and DeJong added back-to-back run-scoring at-bats in
the third inning to build the Redbird advantage to 10-0. Bradley
scored one run in the fourth inning before Illinois State ended the
game in the seventh. Rodemoyer and Stewart reached to open the frame
and scored on Leverett's first collegiate home run, a towering shot
that cleared the fence in left-center field.
Savas worked two 1-2-3 innings for Illinois State and earned the
sixth complete game of his career.
Game two recap
Illinois State rallied for four runs over the final three innings
to come from behind and defeat Bradley 7-6 in game two Friday at Bob
Warn Field. David Suarez (2-0) worked the final two innings,
allowing no runs with three strikeouts to earn the victory in
relief. Suarez also knocked the game-winning RBI single to center
field in the bottom of the ninth inning to set off a wild
celebration on the infield. It was the first-career RBI, single,
at-bat and plate-appearance for the second-year Redbird.
Hollenbeck put Illinois State on the board first with a
run-scoring single to drive home Beesley in the first inning.
Bradley then rallied for five runs on just three hits to claim a 5-1
lead on Illinois State. All five runs were unearned off Illinois
State starter Dylan Craig, who finished with six innings pitched and
eight strikeouts. Hollenbeck slapped a two-run single in the third
inning to pull the Redbirds within two.
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Bradley scored one run off Ben Hecht in the seventh inning to
extend its lead to 6-3 and put runners on first and second base with
two outs, but Will Headean recorded the final out, a strikeout, to
end the threat and keep the game within reach.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Illinois State loaded the
bases with two outs, and Brian Rodemoyer roped a single to drive
home one run. Bradley shortstop Tyler Leffler committed a throwing
error on the play, allowing a second run to score, bringing ISU
within one at 6-5.
Suarez entered the game for the eighth inning and walked one
batter, but he finished a scoreless frame for the Redbirds. In the
bottom of the eighth inning, Illinois State tied the game with one
run off Sean Safko (0-1). Leverett opened the inning with a single,
advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Dwyer's
two-out, run-scoring infield single, which tied the game at 6-6.
Suarez allowed two hits in the ninth inning but struck out the side
to set up the bottom of the inning.
Hollenbeck struck out to begin the Redbird half of the ninth
inning. Joe Kelch singled and Brian Rodemoyer was hit by a pitch to
put two on with one out. Suarez showed bunt on the first pitch he
saw, before Mark Kingston called for time and to give his pitcher
the green light to swing away. Suarez lined the next pitch into
center field to score Kelch and secure Illinois State's sixth
Game 1 box score
Game 2 box score
statistics as of March 21 (PDF)
news release received from
Illinois State University]