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Redbirds fall to Cougars in extra innings

Redbirds fall to Cougars in extra innings

The Redbirds took a hard fought defeat in extra innings Tuesday against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. (Photo courtesy GoRedbirds.com)

NORMAL – Illinois State fails to win in extra innings against the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars.

The Redbirds who came in with a overall record of 14-17, have bounced back from last years struggles. The Redbirds trailed 2-0 till the seventh inning when the Redbirds centerfielder John Rave and catcher Tyson Hays would help even the score. However, the Redbirds would not score again as the game entered extra innings. SIUE would then rally for five runs securing the win for the Cougars making 7-2 the final score.

Both starting pitchers in Tuesday’s game were freshman. Jacob Gilmore got the call for the Redbirds as Collin Baumgartner did the same for SIUE. The two would keep the game silent through the first three innings. After a pitching change to Dalton Harvey for the Redbirds. Harvey would let runners on first and second which prompted Pitching Coach Michael Keller to make another switch this time to sophomore Colton Johnson. The Cougars would then get a single off Johnson advancing both runners into scoring position. Jackson Layton would then help bring in SIUE’s first run of the game with a single up the middle.

In the top of the fifth SIUE would keep their scoring alive when Brock Weimer hit a double to left field allowing Jared McCunn to score making it 2-0 in favor of the Cougars. Neither team could find a run in the sixth inning.

The Redbirds offense awoke in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyson Hays hit a double bringing in Jack Butler and then John Rave hit a single to bring in Hays making it a tie game at two runs apiece.

Neither team was able to score in the 8th or the 9th inning sending the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th SIUE’s bats would come alive. Stringing together hit after hit to earn themselves five runs and secure a 7-2 victory over the Redbirds.

ISU will play again on April 18th as they travel to Charleston to play against the Eastern Illinois Panthers, first pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Will Johnson contributed to this story. 

Blake Haas

April 18th, 2018

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