Redbirds Score 29 in Win Over James Madison
March 14, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ryan Court and Kevin Tokarski weren't even a twinkle in their parent's eyes the last time Illinois State scored more than 25 runs in a game, but the duo combined for nine hits and 14 RBI while leading the Redbirds to a 29-8 win over James Madison to close the Kennel Club Classic at Harmon Stadium.
Court hit two home runs, including a grand slam in an eight-run first inning, and Tokarski reached base in six of seven plate appearances and homered for the second-consecutive game, as Illinois State (6-8) scored the most runs since putting 34 on the board against Illinois Wesleyan, April 26, 1983. All but one of the starters collected a base-hit as Illinois State pounded out a season-best 23 hits against the Dukes (4-8). The Redbirds knocked seven doubles, a triple and four home runs in the contest, which was ended after the seventh due to the run-rule.
Tokarski doubled on the first pitch of the game, the first of six consecutive batters to reach for the Redbirds, and scored the game's first run on a single by Chad Hinshaw in the next at-bat. Court made it a 5-0 game with a towering grand slam to left field. Illinois State sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the opening frame off James Madison starter Turner Phelps (0-3).
Court homered again in the second inning to push the Redbird advantage to 10-0 and chased Phelps from the game. The home run also gave Illinois State starter Ryan Camp (2-2) all the run support he needed. Camp earned his second win of the season, despite laboring through five innings. He scattered five hits, but walked five and allowed four earned runs in 5.0 innings of work.
James Madison reliever James Weiner struck out six batters in 3.1 innings of relief and held Illinois State scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but the Dukes couldn't keep the Redbirds off the bases or from scoring. Illinois State scored five runs in the fifth, three on a home run by Zach Amrein, and added two more on a home run by Tokarski in the sixth. The floodgates opened in the seventh inning when Illinois State sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs.
Tokarski finished the game 5-for-6 with seven RBI and four runs scored. Court was 4-for-6 with a game-high five runs scored and also drove in seven runs. Matt Mirabal (4), Hinshaw (2), Josh Colon (2), Anthony Ruffolo (2), Jake Thornton (2) all had multiple hits for the Redbirds.
James Madison designated hitter and catcher Jake Lowery was 2-for-2 with three runs driven in and two runs scored. James Madison used 21 players, including five pitchers
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