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Baseball Season Is Back at the Corn Crib!

May 15, 2014 – 9:52 pm | Comments Off

by David Petschenko
There aren’t many better words in the English language than “baseball is back” and as of this Friday, May 16th, those words can be uttered again. Coming…

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CornBelters Take Season-Opener, 5-0

May 16, 2014 – 11:56 pm | Comments Off

NORMAL, Ill. – It didn’t take long for the Normal CornBelters to get on the board in the opening game of the 2014 season. The CornBelters took the lead in the first inning and did not look back, shutting out the Evansville Otters, 5-0.

In the first inning, Santiago Chirino roped a ball to left field, just out of the reach of diving left-fielder Chris Elder. The ball rolled to the wall, and Chirino cruised into third with a triple. Mike Schwartz would drive him in with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

The CornBelters showed their power with two solo home runs.

Roman Hernandez drove a fastball over the left field wall in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Tyler Shover drove a full-count, two-out pitch over the right-center field fence for a 3-run lead. Shover had a strong 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

In the eighth inning, Chirino smacked a double to the right-center gap, plating two insurance runs. Both runs were unearned after an error by the second baseman, which would have ended the inning.

Schwartz’s RBI in the first inning proved to be all the offense the CornBelters needed. Four CornBelters pitchers combined to shutout the Otters, scattering four hits.

Drew Provence (1-0) picked up the win, going five strong while allowing only four baserunners. David Wynn hurled two innings of relief, picking up three strikeouts along the way. Rich Mascheri and Alan Oaks pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close out the game.

Zach Petersime (0-1) was tallied with the loss for the Otters, allowing two runs on four hits.

The CornBelters play the second game of their series with the Otters Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Corn Crib. Right-hander Michael Schweiss takes the mound for the CornBelters while lefty Chad James will be on the bump for the Otters.



Heartland’s Bloomfield commits to North Park

May 16, 2014 – 9:12 am | Comments Off
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Heartland Community College head coach and athletic director, Nate Metzger has announced that sophomore infielder Evan Bloomfield (Frankfort, Illinois / Lincoln-Way East High School)  has committed to play baseball at…

IWU eliminated from tournament | IWUsports.com

May 15, 2014 – 8:17 pm | Comments Off

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The Illinois Wesleyan baseball team was stung by two runs in the eighth inning in a 3-2 come-from-behind win by LeTourneau, eliminating the Titans from the NCAA…

Redbirds shut down by Shockers | GoRedbirds.com

May 15, 2014 – 7:57 pm | Comments Off

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State (30-19, 10-9 MVC) was shut out for the second time in four games, falling 2-0 to Wichita State (27-26, 11-8 MVC) Thursday night at Duffy…

Titans head to Oregon for regional play | IWUsports.com

May 12, 2014 – 1:40 pm | Comments Off

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – As the regional’s No. 5 seed, the Illinois Wesleyan baseball team is playing in the NCAA Division III Regional at McMinnville, Ore., hosted by Linfield College at…

Aces sweep Redbirds | Goredbirds.com

May 12, 2014 – 1:25 pm | Comments Off

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Illinois State (30-18, 10-8 MVC) jumped ahead to an early 4-0 lead, but a five-run fourth inning swung the game for good as Evansville (33-17, 14-4 MVC)…

Redbirds drop two to Evansville | GoRedbirds.com

May 10, 2014 – 11:26 pm | Comments Off

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…

CornBelters Host Sell-Out Crowd, Earn Win in Exhibition Game

May 8, 2014 – 6:40 pm | Comments Off

CornBelters use big 7th to slam Joliet
Corn Crib hosts sell out crowd of students on Education Day
Normal, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, used…

CornBelters Add Two Pitchers

May 6, 2014 – 5:42 pm | Comments Off

Hilt and Rosan Are Newest CornBelters
Normal, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have signed contracts with right handed…

Michael Collins #19 jersey retirement ceremony: May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014 – 2:32 pm | Comments Off

Redbirds leave Macomb with victory | GoRedbirds.com

May 4, 2014 – 1:40 am | Comments Off

MACOMB, Ill. -  Illinois State (30-15) sent 19 batters to the plate in a 14-run seventh inning en route to a 22-7 seven inning victory over Western Illinois (18-24) Sunday…

Titans sweep Elmhurst | IWUsports.com

May 3, 2014 – 10:45 pm | Comments Off

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan baseball team finished off a three-game weekend sweep of Elmhurst with two wins on Saturday, May 3, at Jack Horenberger Field by scores of…

Redbirds drop slugfest to Western | GoRedbirds.com

May 3, 2014 – 8:22 pm | Comments Off

MACOMB, Ill. -  Illinois State (29-15) surrendered 13 runs on a season-high 18 hits in a 13-12 loss at Western Illinois (17-23) Saturday afternoon. Illinois State powered 12 runs on…

Wesleyan tops Elmhurst | IWUsports.com

May 3, 2014 – 7:17 am | Comments Off

ELMHURST, Ill. - Jeff Johnson went eight innings and allowed two hits and Dan Truesdale worked a hitless, scoreless ninth as the Illinois Wesleyan baseball team took a 3-1 win…

Savas’ effort wasted in 2-1 loss | GoRedbirds.com

May 3, 2014 – 7:11 am | Comments Off

MACOMB, Ill. - Dan Savas tallied a career-best 14 strikeouts but suffered his second complete-game defeat in three weeks as Illinois State (29-14, 10-5 MVC) fell at Western Illinois (16-23,…