Owen Miller had to avoid not one, but two tag attempts at the plate to score the game-winning run in Illinois State's 4-3 walk-off win over visiting Bradley Sunday at Duffy Bass Field.
In a tied game in the bottom of the ninth, Blake Molitor singled to left field with one out. Miller, who started at second base, rounded third and headed home. The throw from left beat Miller to the plate, but the freshman shortstop got around the initial tag attempt, leaving him past the plate. Miller then shot past Bradley's catcher and stretched his hand out to touch home plate, beating a second tag attempt to secure the Illinois State win.
The win helped Illinois State (15-30, 5-9 MVC) avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of Bradley (23-17, 7-7).
Redbird starter Jacob Hendren turned in a quality start, allowing just two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Jake Sale followed with two innings of relief work, allowing just one hit, one walk and Gaa's sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jack Landwehr pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn his fourth win of the season.
Miller was Illinois State's only player to collect multiple hits, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored.
Illinois State returns to action Tuesday at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The 3 p.m. game will be played at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Information courtesy of GoRedbirds.com.