Redbirds Return to MVC Play, Host Missouri State

April 5, 2013

Illinois State vs. Missouri State| April 5-7
Location: Normal, Ill. (Duffy Bass Field - 1,500)
Friday: 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.
Sunday::1:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Illinois State
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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State opens its longest home stand of the 2013 season, a 13-game stretch at Duffy Bass Field, when the Redbirds welcome Missouri State, April 5-7. Friday night begins at 6:00 p.m., Saturday starts at 2:00 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is slated for 1:00 p.m.

The Redbirds (12-14, 1-2 MVC) return to action following a series loss last weekend at Wichita State and a midweek defeat at Eastern Illinois. Missouri State (18-6, 3-0 MVC) swept Indiana State last weekend to open conference play.

The Redbirds are averaging better than five runs-per-game and have posted a team slash-line of .282/.364/.396. Missouri State boasts one of the best pitching staff's in the nation, holding a MVC-best ERA of 2.71. The Bears average five runs-per-game and hit .279/.377/.368 as a team.

Illinois State is guided by fourth-year head coach Mark Kingston, who owns a 113-76 all-time record. The Bears are under veteran skipper Keith Guttin, who is 1,050-658 in 31 seasons at MSU.

Pitching Probables:
Chris Razo (ISU) 2-0, 2.33 ERA
Nick Petree (MSU) 4-0, 0.86 ERA

Dan Savas (ISU) 3-0, 2.75 ERA
Cody Schumacher (MSU) 1-0, 1.23 ERA

Brad Sorkin (ISU) 4-3, 4.71 ERA
John Harris (MSU) 5-0, 1.36 ERA

The Opposition: Missouri State Bears (18-6, 3-0 MVC)
• Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Mo. The public university was established in 1905
and currently enrolls 21,059 students.
• The Bears have been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1990.
• MSU's first season of baseball was 1964.
• The Bears are guided by veteran head coach Keith Guttin, who is in his 31st season as the head
coach of the baseball program. He owns a career record of 1,050-658.
• Missouri State went 40-22 in 2012 and finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a
conference record of 13-7.
• Illinois State is 33-50 all-time versus MSU.
• Missouri State has claimed the last two season series' with Illinois State.

Last Time Out
Illinois State enters play at 12-14 (1-2 MVC) following a Missouri Valley Conference series-loss at Wichita
State in Wichita, Kan last weekend. Illinois State lost on Friday, 4-3, in its longest game of the season (12
innings). The Redbirds won game one of a doubleheader Saturday, 7-3, behind seven strong innings from
Dan Savas. Wichita State run-ruled the Redbirds 12-2 in eight innings in game two Saturday. Illinois State
suffered its worst lose of the season, Wednesday, dropping, 20-2, at Eastern Illinois.

Red-Hot Redbirds
Four Redbirds carry on-base streaks of at least eight games heading into play against MSU:
Zac Johnson (15 games)
Brett Kay (9 games)
Kyle Stanton (8 games)

Additionally, the following Redbirds have at least a three-game hitting streak:
Zac Johnson (12 games)
Kyle Stanton (8 games)
Brett Kay, Brock Stewart (3 games)
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