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Illinois State Downs Iowa

Illinois State defeated Iowa on the road Wednesday night by a final score of 11-6. The 'Birds combined for 16 hits in the game. 

 

Joe Butler stole home in the second inning of the game to tie it at 1-1. 

 

In the third inning, John Rave doubled to right field to bring home Huggins. Then, Jordan Libman singled to bring home Rave. The 'Birds led 3-1 after the top half.

 

Derek Parola doubled in the top of the fourth to score Rave. Libman followed with a single to right to bring Parola home. ISU led 5-2 after four innings.

 

It was Parola again in the sixth inning, as he scored Huggins on a sacrifice fly to right to make the score 6-2.

 

In the ninth, Tyson Hays reached on a throwing error that allowed Gunner Peterson to score. Jack Butler singled home Hays to make the score 8-3. Aidan Huggins followed suit with a single to center field to bring home Butler. Joe Aeilts would later triple to right-center field to bring home Huggins and Rave to make the score 11-3.

 

Rave finished 5-for-6 with a double and three runs scored. Libman finished 3-for-6 with a pair of runs batted in. Aeilts was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.

 

Colton Johnson got the start on the mound for ISU finished 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, issued a walk and struck out three.

 

Mitch Vogrin picked up the win in relief with 3 1/3 innings allowing just a hit and striking out one. Jack Anderson finished the final two innings allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts.

 

The win improves the Redbirds record to 15-13 on the season before Missouri Valley Conference play starts this weekend at Valparaiso.

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