ISU Baseball drops doubleheader at Evansville

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[May 12, 2014]  EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Illinois State (30-17, 10-7 MVC) was swept in a doubleheader, 12-0 (7) and 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Evansville (32-17, 13-4). The Redbirds mustered just one run over 16 innings in the two losses.

Game One Recap

Kyle Freeland (9-1) fired a shutout as Evansville topped Illinois State, 12-0, in seven innings Saturday afternoon. Freeland scattered four hits, walked none and struck out five for the win. Dan Savas (7-4) allowed seven runs, five earned, in four innings for the loss. Ben Hecht and Cam Verbeke combined to allow five runs over the final two innings to secure the run-rule loss.

Illinois State mustered just four hits and committed four errors.

Evansville scored three runs in the first inning, one run in the third inning, three runs in the fourth inning, one run in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth inning to secure the win.

Game Two Recap

Despite a strong performance from Redbird starter Dylan Craig (5-2), Illinois State fell in game two, 3-1, to suffer a series-loss at Evansville. Craig worked seven innings of three-run ball, struck out eight and walked zero. Will Headean worked a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts in relief.

Cole Isom (6-4) earned the victory for Evansville. He allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. Brent Jurceka pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Sam Johns (10) faced the minimum in the ninth for the save.

Evansville scored on a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Mike Hollenbeck’s two-out single in the third briefly tied the game. The Purple Aces added one run in the third and one more run in the fourth inning to cap the scoring.

Craig worked three perfect innings and struck out the side in the sixth inning, but Illinois State left nine men on base in the loss.

The series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.

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