Illinois State takes on Milwaukee at Franklin Field on Tuesday

FRANKLIN, Wis. – Illinois State will travel to Milwaukee for the second straight season as the teams are scheduled to meet Tuesday at Franklin Field. The game is expected to air on ESPN+.

GAME INFORMATION

Illinois State (13-17, 2-4 MVC; 163rd in RPI) at Milwaukee (12-16, 3-7 Horizon; 239th in RPI)

Day/Time (CT):

Tuesday April 19; 4:00 PM CT

City: Franklin, Wis.

Domain: Franklin Field

ESPN+: https://www.espn.com/espnplus/player/_/id/daf25748-0ea9-42a5-b2f4-4c6b556cb32e

Radio: https://mixlr.com/mke-panthers/

Live statistics: bit.ly/RedbirdStats

ILLINOIS STATE PROJECTED STARTING PITCHER

To be determined

ABOUT THE PANTHERS + SERIES HISTORY + LAST ENCOUNTER

Milwaukee went 22-33 in 2021, going 12-12 at home. Milwaukee is 12-16 with a 4-6 home record in 2022, coming off a series loss to Youngstown State. Current opponents for Milwaukee and Illinois State in 2022 include UIC, Valparaiso, Iowa and St. Thomas. Illinois State holds a 25-9 advantage in the series since the first game between the two teams was in 1965.

After losing three straight games earlier in the series against the Panthers, Illinois State won the final game of the series, 10-2.

OWEN MILLER IN THE MLB

Former Redbird baseball player Owen Miller is making a splash in MLB for the Cleveland Guardians. Coming in 4/18, Miller leads MLB in average (.500) and doubles (7) and is second in OPS (1.510) and SLG (.964).

CER-SMACK: NATIONAL POW x4 (QUICK HITS ON RYAN CERMAK’S WEEK – 4/11)

  • Named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Perfect Game, D1Baseball and NCBWA
  • 11 for 21 (.524)
  • .600 OBP
  • five circuits, two doubles
  • home runs in four straight appearances (470-foot home run for a fourth consecutive home run)
  • three home games on 4/6 with consecutive innings Grand Slams
  • 14 RBIs; broke a 37-year-old school RBI record on 4/6 (10 now – was nine by Mike Prior in 1985)
  • nine runs scored; tied school record for runs scored in a game on 4/6 (five – most recent was Brett Kay in 2012)
  • saved 100and career hit via home run on 4/10
  • scaled the center field wall and appeared to have won a home run on 4/10
  • celebrated honors by lining up an HR on the LF wall to start the 4/12 game at Illinois

VALPARAISO SERIES

Illinois State dropped out of the series in Valparaiso, despite winning Game 1. The ‘Birds controlled every aspect of Game 1, throwing a three-hit shutout of the Beacons. Valparaiso bombarded the ‘Birds in Game 2, winning 10-2. Illinois State didn’t quite get over the bump in Game 3, falling to a close 2-1 decision.

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT

Illinois State deployed fifth-year junior ace from the bullpen Jared Hart Friday, making his first start of 2022. Hart took a no-hitter in the 6th inning, finishing with six scoreless innings, one hit and one HBP on just 65 pitches. Hart was MVC Pitcher of the Week in the first week of the season.

DISASSEMBLING THE TOP-2

Illinois State defeated second-ranked Arkansas to open the 2022 campaign 3-2. Arkansas had never lost a home or season opener since 1994. The Razorbacks’ 11 points scored were tied for least tackled by an SEC team and tied for third-fewest scored by a top -25 (D1Baseball top-25).

The ‘Birds were competitive in every series, beating the Razorbacks in Game 2 and trailing by one run in the 8th inning of Game 3.

Illinois State is no stranger to the national scene, upsetting No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Louisville in 2019 as the team reached the program’s first NCAA Regional Finals. Likewise, the ISU is no stranger to success in Fayetteville as the 2020 squad eliminated the 13th-placed Razorbacks, 8-7.

DIFFICULT TESTS IN 2022

Illinois State is scheduled to play six games against ranked opponents in the preseason (three against No. 2 Arkansas, three against No. 22 Dallas Baptist). Purdue also exceeded expectations in 2022, earning a No. 19 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranking and rocketing to 17and after taking two of ISU’s three. Illinois State is also expected to play a record 16-game program against the Power Five schools, including 10 games against the Big Ten. 2022 marks the ISU’s first open against a Power Five since 2004 (victory at Louisville). 2022 marks the first time the ISU has opened against a ranked opponent.

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