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Illinois State Tops Eastern Illinois

The Illinois State baseball team topped Eastern Illinois, 4-3, in a 7-inning, rain-shortened contest at Monier Field.


The Panthers (13-11 overall) threatened in the 7th and final inning by reducing their deficit to one run with the bases load, but the 'Birds escaped on a ground ball induced by sophomore Derek Salata. 


Junior Jack Anderson threw five innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run to get the win for Illinois State (8-14 overall). Anderson retired the last 11 batters he faced. 


Junior Aidan Huggins recorded was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored while junior Tyson Hays had two hits and drove in Huggins twice. 


The game was the Redbirds' final tune-up before traveling to Southern Illinois Friday-Sunday to begin Missouri Valley Conference play.  

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