The fourth seeded Illinois State Redbirds advanced past the fifth seeded Evansville Purple Aces in the Missouri Valley Tournament by a final score of 5-4 in 10 innings. Chad Hinshaw hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th inning and Kenny Long pitched a scoreless bottom half of the 10th to secure the victory.
The Redbirds will now face off against the Creighton Blue Jays and if they win, the Redbirds will force another game with Creighton on Friday. However, with a loss, the Illinois State Redbirds will be eliminated from the tournament.
Illinois State had to come from behind in order to defeat Evansville after the Purple Aces took an early 2-0 lead. The Redbirds tied the game in the fourth inning but Evansville regained the lead by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Illinois State would come back to tie things in the ninth inning and took the lead for good in the tenth.
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