NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman right-hander Dan Savas earned the win in his first collegiate start, leading the Redbirds to a 3-1 series finale victory over Belmont on Sunday at Nashville, Tenn.

Savas (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out four and walking one. The Redbirds (2-2) split the season-opening series with the Bruins (2-2).

Zach Amrein was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Tyler McNeely drove in the other run to finish the weekend with a team-high six RBIs.

The Redbirds return to Tennessee from Feb. 25-27 for a three-game series in Clarkville, Tenn. ISU will play the first game against Austin Peay, and the second two against Milwaukee.



Illinois State    101 001 010—3-7-0

Belmont    000 010 000—1-6-0

Savas (W, 1-0), Camp (7), Long (7, S, 1) and Mirabal; Buckelew (L, 0-1), Graskewicz (8), Hamann (8) and Casha.

ILLINOIS STATE— 2B—Amrein, Court. RBI—Amrein 2, McNeeley. Two or more hits—Amrein 2. Pitching —Savas (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO), Camp (.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO), Long (2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO).

Records — Illinois State 2-2, Belmont 2-2.

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