Redbird Errors Costly as Illinois State Falls to Bradley, 12-2
May 3, 2008
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State baseball team struggled in the field, as the Redbirds (20-24, 4-13) committed a season-high seven errors and lost, 12-2, in eight innings to interstate I-74 rival Bradley in a Missouri Valley Conference game Saturday at Duffy Bass Field. The Redbirds surrendered the 12 runs on nine hits, while ISU recorded only five hits in the ballgame.
Senior Tyler Cox (4-3) suffered the loss, as the left-hander ran into trouble early in 4.0 innings of work. Cox surrendered eight runs on six hits; however, only two were earned due to miscues in the field by Illinois State. The Braves enjoyed a solid outing from senior Chris Wright, who struck out seven and walked three in a complete-game victory. Junior Kevin Dubler and freshman Corey Maines both finished 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Redbird offense. When runners did reach base the Redbirds had trouble bringing them home, as ISU stranded seven runners.
"I can't explain the way we pitched and the way we hit today (Saturday). We just weren't ready to go," said head coach Jim Brownlee. "The first inning was a nightmare. The players have got to do a better job of getting ready to play. It was a huge game, which is why you cannot make seven errors."
For the second-straight game, the Braves were able to put runs on the board in the first inning and took a 2-0 lead into the top of the second inning. Bradley went on to score four runs in the second, as the Redbirds committed two errors and Cox gave up three hits during the frame. But the Redbirds would cut the deficit to 6-1 in the bottom half of the third, as freshman Kevin Tokarski doubled to right centerfield to lead off the inning. Tokarski moved to third on a fly out from junior Mike Stalowy, while Dubler brought the shortstop home on a RBI groundout to second base.
The Braves came back and added two runs in the fourth, as junior Dan Brewer delivered an RBI single to third base and later scored on an error from the Redbird second baseman Ronnie Calvird. The Redbirds plated their final run in the fourth inning, as Calvird and Maines delivered back-to-back doubles to left field.
Bradley was able to add another run in the sixth, while the Braves plated three more in the top of the eighth, as ISU reliever Dan Sorce gave up three hits and the Redbird defense committed another error.
The Redbirds will face I-74 rival Bradley Sunday in the final game of their pivotal Missouri Valley Conference series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.