Debut Pushed to 3:00 p.m. CT; Illinois State is set to host Eastern Illinois on Sunday
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NORMAL, Ill. — The Illinois State baseball team is scheduled to host Eastern Illinois Sunday at 3:00 p.m. CT at Duffy Bass Field, pushed back from the originally scheduled 1:00 p.m. CT due to weather. Friday and Saturday games have been canceled due to weather.
SCHEDULE (IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS)
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ILLINOIS STATE PROJECTED STARTING PITCHER
ABOUT THE EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS
Eastern Illinois was 33-20 in 2022, with a 25-13 record on the road. The Panthers are 10-4 to start 2023, highlighted by a win at Arkansas, and have won six in a row. EIU is also expected to face common opponents with ISU: Arkansas, Arkansas State, Bradley, SIUE, Lindenwood, Western Illinois, Illinois. The Redbirds and Panthers have met 178 times before, with EIU leading, 91-87-1. Their first meeting dates back to 1907.
ISU won the last match on 03/30/2021, 4-3 in 7 innings. Current fifth-year senior Derek Salata made the save despite walking two batters and recording one out. Current sixth-year senior Jared Hart pitched a scoreless inning while current fourth-year junior Erik Kubiatowicz allowed two runs while getting two outs. allowed two runs while getting two outs.
OPENING VICTORY AT HOME AGAINST WESTERN ILLINOIS
Illinois State outscored Western Illinois on Wednesday, 6-1, despite recording just five hits and just one RBI hit (fourth-year junior Greg Nichols doubled in the 8th inning .). Freshman Thomas Harper pitched 5.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts for his first career win while fourth-year junior Cameron Mabee pitched the final 3.1 innings to make his first save of the season. WIU didn’t score until there were two outs in the 9th.
The Redbirds have won four consecutive home openers (won 4-3 in 11 innings against No. 19 Purdue in 2022 and end their run as the last undefeated team in the nation). The ‘Birds are 15-8 in home openers since 2000.
SERIES LOSS IN NEBRASKA
Illinois State went 3-2 in the 7th inning on a home run by sophomore Nick Strong, but ultimately suffered an 8-3 loss when retired fifth-year senior Derek Salata, who recorded 10 strikeouts on six IPs. . ISU lost Game 2, 12-0
FIVE WITH TWO+ FLIGHTS IN ONE GAME
Illinois State, which stole 37 bases in 2022 (.725 per game), already has 23 steals in 14 games (1.64 per game) in 2023. Fourth-year junior Shay Kubo, third-year junior year Auggie Rasmussen (x2) and sophomore Sophomores Blake Stenger, Noah Rabin and JT Sokolove each have a game with multiple interceptions.
SALATA AND MORE THAN 10 TARPAULINS
• Fifth-year senior Derek Salata has two 10+ K games (2/24 at Arkansas State -12; 3/10 at Nebraska -10). Salata is the 10th Redbird since 2000 to have multiple 10+K games. Eight of the nine were drafted.
-Derek Salata (x2) – 2023; To be determined
-Colton Johnson (x2) – 2021;
17th round at Oakland Athletics
-Brent Headrick (x4) – 2019;
9th round for the Minnesota Twins
-Jacob Hendren (x2) – 2015; not drafted
-Dylan Craig (x3) – 2014;
12th round against the Colorado Rockies
-Dan Savas (x2) – 2014 and 2011;
19th round against the Arizona Diamondbacks
-Jeremy Rhoades (x3) – 2014;
4th round at the Los Angeles Angels
– Corey Maines (x5) – 2011, 2010, 2009;
23rd round against the New York Yankees
-Neal Cotts (x8) – 2001 and 2000;
2nd round at Oakland Athletics
– Brian Forystek (x3) – 2000;
4th round against the Baltimore Orioles
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