Rhoades fans career-high 11; Redbirds
drop finale vs. Bradley
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[March 25, 2014]
HAUTE, Ind. — Jeremy Rhoades struck out a career-high
11 batters in a career-best eight innings of work, but Illinois State
(15-6, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) could not overcome an early
deficit en route to a 3-1 loss to Bradley (14-5, 1-2 Missouri Valley
Conference) on Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. With a
doubleheader sweep Friday, the Redbirds still claimed the series win
versus the Braves.
Bradley struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first
inning. Isaac Smith was hit by a pitch to open the game. He advanced
to second on a groundout and scored on Max Murphy’s run-scoring
single. Greg Partika followed with a single. After a strikeout,
Murphy scored when Paul DeJong misplayed a pop fly from Elliot
Ashbeck. One of the two runs in the first inning was earned off
Cameron Roegner (4-0) shut out Illinois State over 6.2 innings.
The Redbirds left runners on base in the second, fourth, fifth and
sixth innings off Roegner, who struck out a career-high six. Tyler
Leffler added a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to extend
the Bradley lead to 3-0. Rhoades (1-2) worked three 1-2-3 innings
and suffered the defeat.
Illinois State scored one run off Matt Dennis in the eighth
inning on Brian Rodemoyer’s RBI groundout. Dennis (3) worked the
final 2.1 innings for Bradley for the save.
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Will Headean fired a scoreless ninth inning for Illinois State.
The Redbirds put the tying run on first base with two outs in the
bottom of the frame, but Dennis retired Daniel Dwyer to end the
The Redbirds return to action Tuesday with a nonconference game
versus Illinois. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. from Duffy Bass
ISU statistics as of
March 22 (PDF)
news release received from
Illinois State University]