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Illinois State Drops Series Finale at Arkansas State, Takes Weekend Series

The Illinois State baseball team dropped the series finale at Arkansas State with a 14-10 final at Tomlinson Stadium.


Senior Connor Olson delivered a key three-RBI, pinch-hit double for the Redbirds (4-3 overall) but the Red Wolves move to 4-3 in 2023.


ASU scored twice in the opening frame but a single by sophomore Blake Stenger in the 2nd inning even the game at 2-2.


Junior Adrian Flores drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd inning to give ISU the lead ASU scored the game's next four runs to lead, 6-3.


Flores doubled in a run in the 5th inning before junior Auggie Rasmussen doubled home two runs to tie the game before third-year junior Luke Cheng drove in another run to put the 'Birds up, 7-6. The Red Wolves countered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.


A pinch-hit, bases-clearing double by Olson drew the 'Birds to within 11-10. ASU responded with three runs to extend the lead to 14-10.


The Redbirds won 6-2 Friday and 12-8 Saturday. 


Illinois State has now scored 10 or more runs in four games in 2023.


Illinois State is scheduled to play at third-ranked Arkansas on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

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