BLOOMINGTON — Illinois State pitcher Will Headean received a text message from his father Tuesday that read "no walks."
Had Jeff Headean also texted "13 strikeouts" he would have been a real prophet.
Will Headean overwhelmed Illinois Wesleyan for seven innings and the Redbirds reached eight Titan pitchers for 11 hits as ISU prevailed in the Horenberger-Bass Classic, 7-1, at Horenberger Field.
"Playing your crosstown rival, it's a pretty easy game to get up for," Headean said. "The No. 1 thing is to get ahead, throw strike one. That happened and everything took care of itself. The fastball was working, the curve ball was working and the defense played well behind me."
ISU (25-12) has won six of eight since the launch of the matchup to honor former Wesleyan coach Jack Horenberger and ex-ISU coach Duffy Bass. The Redbirds hold an 85-70 edge in the all-time series.
Headean (3-1) allowed a two-out single to Bobby Czarnowski in the first inning. The sophomore left-hander retired the next 19 batters he faced and finished with a career-high 13 strikeouts and no walks.
"Will was really aggressive in the strike zone. He trusted his stuff and really attacked hitters," said ISU coach Mark Kingston. "He mixed in enough breaking balls to keep them honest, but the fastball was his dominant pitch. They were aggressive at the plate, and he just got the best of them."
The Division III Titans dropped to 16-14 and have lost six straight.
"What do you do? He kind of manhandled us," IWU coach Dennis Martel said of Headean. "There are not too many times in 30 years of coaching I've been manhandled and we were. Give all the credit to him."
ISU pushed across an unearned run in the first against Titans' starter Kyle Snedeker (1-2) when a Mike Hollenbeck sacrifice fly scored Daniel Dwyer.
Paul DeJong doubled high off the right-field fence in the third inning to drive home Dwyer. DeJong came home on a Hollenbeck single.
ISU extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth on a Brock Stewart sacrifice fly.
Redbird No. 9 hitter Brian Rodemoyer recorded his third consecutive two-hit game and blasted a solo home run to left field to lead off the ISU seventh. Jack Czeszewski's two-out single chased home Dwyer and DeJong with two more.
"The last few games I've been seeing the ball much better," said Rodemoyer. "My swing is much more comfortable. I've been making adjustments the last few weeks, and I'm finally seeing some results."
The Titans broke up the shutout with an eighth-inning tally against ISU reliever Ben Hecht. Adam Glogovsky singled, proceeded around to third on two wild pitches and crossed the plate on a Jarrod Juskiewicz sacrifice fly.
"I was impressed with our pitchers," said Martel, who got scoreless outings from Phil Kerber, Louis Acklin, Dan Truesdale, Pat Domke and John Munyon. "We threw out a lot of young kids and they competed."
The Redbirds, who led Division I with 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings entering the contest, totaled 15 whiffs without a free pass.