Craig (6-2) pitched eight innings for the third time this
season and surrendered only an unearned run on three hits. He
was set to take the field for the ninth inning, vying for his
second-career complete-game, but a 2-hour, 16-minute lightning
delay before the ninth inning prevented him from returning to
action. David Suarez worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the
win. Southern Illinois Starter Todd Eaton (3-3) surrendered six
runs, all earned, on nine hits over five innings for the defeat.
Illinois State struck first on Paul DeJong’s two-run home run in
the first inning. It marked DeJong’s ninth homer this spring and
scored Daniel Dwyer.
Craig was perfect through four innings and struck out the side
in the third inning to preserve the early lead.
Mike Hollenbeck opened the Redbird fourth inning with a double
and scored on Logan Leverett’s two-out, run-scoring single. The
base hit extended ISU’s lead to 3-0.
Jack Czeszewski powered a solo home run with one out in the
fifth inning and Hollenbeck added a two-run shot, his
ninth-career home run, three batters later to cap the scoring.
Illinois State out-hit Southern Illinois 11-3 and has now won
12-consecutive games versus the Salukis.
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