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Walk Off Home Run Sends Evansville Past Illinois State

Boomer Synek hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Purple Aces to a 4-3 win and eliminating Illinois State from the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Thursday at Bob Warn Field.


Illinois State forced extra innings by tying the game in the eighth inning, but missed a prime opportunity to go ahead in the top of the 10th as a pair of runners advanced into scoring position with no outs but failed to score. Synek then led off the bottom of the inning with an opposite-field blast that both cleared the outfield fence and stayed inside the foul pole, each by a matter of feet.


Senior Sean Beesley got the Redbirds on the board first with a solo home run to left-center field. Moments later, Owen Miller made it a 2-0 lead when his single scored Jared Hendren, who had followed Beesley's homer with a triple.


Miller led the Redbirds with three hits. Brian Rodemoyer collected two hits, one of which was a double.


Illinois State finished its season at 17-37.

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