The Illinois State Redbirds (7-5) used four home runs to power their way past the Washington Huskies (7-7) by a score of 13-6 at Husky Ballpark Sunday afternoon.
ISU starter Colton Johnson allowed five runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work, and Jeff Lindgren (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief after allowing a run on three hits in an inning of work.
Collin Braithwaite hit a first inning three-run home run.
Leading 8-6 going to the ninth, Noah Sadler led off the inning with a single before Joe Aeilts hit the third home run of the day for the Redbirds to make the score 10-6. Joe Butler followed and went deep as well, going back-to-back for the Redbirds and extending the lead to 11-6. A RBI double by John Rave later in the inning plated Derek Parola for the twelfth run of the contest and the scoring was capped off when Rave scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Owen Miller to make secure the 13-6 victory for the Redbirds.
Aeilts paced the Redbird offense, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a run scored and four driven in and Rave also added three hits for ISU. Braithwaite added two hits with the three RBI and Nick Zouras drive in a pair on two hits, as Illinois State scored in double digits for the seventh time this season.
The four game series wraps up at 8 p.m. on Monday.