The Illinois State baseball team earned an 8-4 win over Northern Illinois in a non-conference contest at Duffy Bass Field Tuesday.
Freshman Jeffrey Barton earned his first collegiate win with five shutout innings of work, while leadoff hitter Daniel Dwyer paced the Redbirds' offensive attack with three hits.
Illinois State (14-15) scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning then tacked on three more in the fifth.
Northern Illinois (13-18) cut that lead in half, however, with a four-run sixth inning. All four runs were scored against ISU reliever Will Headean.
Barton went five innings in his second collegiate start, allowing just three hits and one walk, while striking out four.
Ryan Koziol, Sean Beesley and Jean Ramirez tallied two hits apiece for the Redbirds. Beesley drove in three runs, while Hendren plated two. Dwyer and Beesley stole two bases each.
A moment of silence was observed before Tuesday's game to honor those who lost their lives in an early-morning plane crash east of Bloomington-Normal.
The Redbirds travel to Wichita State this weekend for a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series, beginning Friday.