Redbirds commit six errors on way to 12-1 loss | GoRedbirds.com
NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State Redbirds (19-16, 3-3 MVC) committed six errors and Illinois (23-10, 5-4 Big Ten) collected 13 hits as the Fighting Illini defeated ISU, 12-1, Tuesday night in eight innings at Duffy Bass Field. With the loss, the Redbirds dropped to 7-2 on its current 12-game home stand.
Illinois’ Kevin Duchene grabbed the win, improving his record to 6-1. He struck out seven in 3.2 innings. Will Headean pitched six complete innings. Headean struck out six and allowed six runs on seven hits. Brett Kay, Zac Johnson and Daniel Dwyer recorded the three Redbird hits, while Dwyer scored the only Redbird run.
The game began as a pitcher’s duel, as Headean and Duchene combining for 11 strike outs in the first three innings. Headean had five strike outs, allowing only two hits and Duchene had six strike outs allowing just one hit through three innings. The Redbirds also left four runners on base in the first three innings. Sean Beesley was left stranded on second base in the second and Eric Aguilera flew out to right to end the third with the bases loaded.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Illini scored five runs on three hits and two Redbird errors. Michael Hurwitz walked to lead off the inning and quickly moved to third on back-to-back singles, loading the bases for the Illini. A Redbird error at third base allowed two runs to cross home plate before David Kerian singled up the middle to advance another Illini runner to score. Reid Roper was then hit with a pitch, advancing Kerian to second. Hendrickson grounded to first base for an unassisted out. The Redbird first baseman attempted to throw a runner out at second after forcing the out at first, but the throw was not in time, allowing Kerian and Brandon Hohl to score the final two runs for Illinois in the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Redbirds scored one run on one hit and no errors. The Redbirds took to the plate down 5-0 as Kyle Stanton opened the inning with a ground out to third before Daniel Dwyer reached first on a walk. Brett Kay then doubled to right center, sending Dwyer around to score the Redbirds only run of the inning.
In the sixth inning, Illinois scored another run on one hit. The Illini opened with a ground out and a fly out before Davis Hendrickson reached first base, after being hit with a pitch. Kelly Norris-Jones doubled down the right field line, advancing Hendrickson to third. A Redbird error then allowed Thomas Lindauer to reach first and brought Hendrickson around to score, stretching Illinois’ lead, 6-1.
In the seventh inning, Illinois scored three runs on two hits and two Redbird errors. The Illini started the inning with a ground out before Jordan Parr reached first on walk. Jor Parr then stole second and advanced to third on a Redbird error. Next, Hohl walked before stealing second and reaching third on another Redbird error, allowing Jor. Parr to score. Then, Roper tripled to center, driving in another Illini run. Hendrickson used a double to left center to drive in another Illini run.
In the eighth inning, Illinois scored three more runs on four hits and another Redbird error. Lindauer opened the inning with a single to right field, before the designated hitter flied out to left. Justin Parr then singled to right field, advancing Lindauer to third. Jor, Parr was walked, setting up Hohl who doubled, driving in two RBI’s. A single by Ryan Nagle drove in the final run of the game.
Illinois State had one more chance to answer, but were unable to do so, as ISU ended the game with three-straight outs.
The Redbird baseball team returns to the field Friday at 6 p.m., as they host Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State.
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