Bears' Bats Slumber in 2-1 Loss at Illinois State
April 5, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State right-hander Chris Razo turned in a career performance to hand Missouri State a 2-1 setback for its first Missouri Valley Conference defeat Friday night at Duffy Bass Field. Razo fanned a career-high 10 hitters in a complete-game one-hitter, out-dueling MSU starter Nick Petree, who allowed just two unearned runs over seven innings in his first loss of the season.
Razo (2-0) held the Bears (18-7, 3-1 MVC) hitless and gave up just two baserunners after MSU scored its only run of the night on its lone hit of the ballgame -- a one-out Koby Peebles double in the fourth. The senior hurler put an exclamation mark on the victory by striking out the side in the ninth, the last two of which came with the potential tying run in scoring position.
Petree (4-1) was strong in his seventh start of the season as well, holding the Redbirds to six hits while striking out eight and walking none. The junior right-hander extended a personal streak of scoreless innings to 17.0 straight frames before ISU erased a 1-0 deficit with its two-run rally in the fifth.
After Razo cruised through the first three innings without allowing a single baserunner, the Bears broke through in the fourth with the game's first run on Peebles's double to right. Travis McComack and Luke Voit drew back-to-back walks, before Peebles lined Razo's 0-1 pitch over the head of first baseman Kyle Stanton to plate McComack with his league-leading 10th two-bagger of the season.
The Redbirds (13-14, 2-2 MVC) would get their offense in gear in the home half of the fourth, putting a pair of runners on via base hits. Petree rolled a double-play ball off the bat of Eric Aguilera to erase the first, then retire Kyle Stanton on a fielder's choice to end the threat.
Petree would not be as fortunate the following inning, as ISU took advantage of a critical two-out error to grab a 2-1 edge. Mike Hollenbeck got the ball rolling with his second single of the game, and Paul DeJong bounced a one-out hit through the right side of the MSU infield to set the table. Petree nearly worked out of the jam after Tate Matheny made a sliding catch in center for the second out of the frame. But Joey Hawkins's throw to first was well wide of the bag on Brett Kay's bouncer to third, allowing both baserunners to come all the way around and score.
Razo would take over from that point, continuing a dominant stretch over the middle innings that ultimately saw the right-hander retire 10 straight Bears from the fourth through the seventh frames. After issuing a two-out base-on-balls to Maddox, Razo promptly retired the next five hitters before a one-out walk to Voit and a wild pitch put the potential tying run at second base with one out in the ninth.
But once again Razo came up with the outs he needed, this time fanning Peebles and Wilson in succession to cap his 138-pitch masterpiece.
Hollenbeck recorded a pair of hits and scored a run, while Chad Hinshaw finished 2-for-4 to lead the Redbird attack.
The Bears and Redbirds continue their series Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest.