Redbirds Blank Wichita State, 6-0, To
Open MVC Championship
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[May 23, 2014]
HAUTE, Ind. – Dan Savas and Jeremy Rhoades combined to shut out #4
Wichita State (29-27) as #5 Illinois State (31-21) topped the Shockers,
6-0, in opening round action of the Missouri Valley Conference
Championship Tuesday morning at Bob Warn Field. The Redbirds will play
the winner of #1 Evansville/#8 Southern Illinois Wednesday afternoon in
a 4:07 p.m. EDT start.
Savas (8-4) earned his first victory since March 28 at Indiana
State. The Redbird ace went 6.2 scoreless innings with six walks and
eight strikeouts. Jeremy Rhoades (4) pitched 2.2 scoreless relief
innings, with four strikeouts, for his team-best fourth save.
Wichita State used five pitchers in all and starter Cale Elam (7-2)
suffered the defeat. Elam allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits
over seven innings.
Brock Stewart sparked the Redbird offense with four RBI and Mason
Snyder added three runs scored. Illinois State out-hit Wichita State
10-6 and the Shockers stranded 13 men on base.
Snyder’s one-out double in the second inning gave Illinois State its
first base runner of the contest. Stewart followed with a
run-scoring single to center field to give ISU the early lead.
The Shockers loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning, but
Savas induced an inning-ending groundout from Tyler Baker to end the
threat. Savas struck out at least one batter in each full inning he
The Redbirds added a run in the sixth inning to extend their lead to
2-0. Snyder drew a one-out walk and later scored on a wild pitch
Wichita State threatened in the seventh inning, putting two men on
with one out in front of Missouri Valley Conference Hitter of the
Year Casey Gillaspie. The Redbirds turned to Rhoades, who needed one
pitch to induce a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play to preserve a 2-0
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The Shockers then brought in Aaron LaBrie to pitch. He put two men
on and surrendered a three-run home run to Stewart. It marked the
10th-career home run for Stewart and his third shot this spring.
Illinois State added one run in the ninth inning and Rhoades worked
out of trouble to secure the win.
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[Text received: RONAN O'SHEA,
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY]
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