The Illinois State baseball team hammered four home runs in a 13-6 win over the University of Washington on Sunday in sunny, 60-degree weather at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
The Redbirds improved to 7-5 while the Huskies, of the Pac-12 Conference, fell to 7-7 heading into Monday's 8 p.m. series finale.
Jeff Lindgren (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief of starter Colton Johnson, who gave up five runs in 4⅓ innings. Kyle Pauly earned his second save of the season with three strikeouts in the final 1⅓ innings.
Collin Braithwaite's three-run homer in the top of the first staked the Redbirds to an early 3-0 lead. Nick Zouras' two-run double in the second upped that margin to 5-0. The Huskies battled back with two runs in both the second and third innings to cut the lead to 5-4.
Both teams scored twice in the fifth to make it a 7-6 game before Joe Parola's solo homer in the top of the eighth gave the Redbirds an 8-6 lead.
ISU then erupted for five runs in the top of the ninth highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Joe Aeilts and Joe Butler.
Softball blanked: The Illinois State softball team closed out the OG&E Tournament with an 8-0 run-rule loss to two-time defending national champion and No. 5-ranked Oklahoma at Norman, Okla.
The Redbirds are now 9-16 on the season. Oklahoma improved to 19-2.
Alyssa Wiebel's first-inning single followed by a walk to Shannon Felde accounted for ISU's only baserunners as the Redbirds were held in check by Sooners right-hander Parker Conrad (1-0). ISU starter Sarah Finck (6-7) lasted just 2⅓ innings in the loss.
Gymnasts finish fourth: The ISU women’s gymnastics team posted a team score of 188.550 for a fourth-place finish in the Illinois Classic at Chicago.
ISU's Gabrielle Cooke placed third in the all-around competition with a score of 39.075. Illinois won the team title with a 195.025 total.
Baseball victorious: The IWU baseball team scored six seventh-inning runs to snap a 1-1 tie and take a 7-1 win over Curry College in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Auburndale, Fla.
The Titans improved to 5-1 this season. Curry slipped to 0-3.
Braden Miller (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five, in relief of sophomore starter Jim O'Brien.
Brandon Skopnick had three hits with a double and Trevor Sefcik had two hits to lead a nine-hit Titan offense.
Men's lacrosse wins: Bailey Marth had five goals and three assists to lead the Titan men's lacrosse team to a 22-13 win over Sewanee at Sewanee, Tenn.
Alex Doorenboos also had five goals for the Titans (4-1) while Beningno Houser made 13 saves and gave up five goals to pick up the win.