SEATTLE, Wash. — Illinois State's baseball team downed Washington, 5-4, late Monday night at Husky Ballpark to take three of four in the series.
It was the first series win over a Pac-12 Conference opponent in ISU history. The Redbirds improved to 8-5, while Washington dropped to 7-8.
ISU starter Matt Walker (2-0) allowed two runs on two hits and struck out a career-high eight in five innings. Rhett Rapshus pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four. Connor Peplow pitched the eighth and Friday night’s starter, Brady Huffman, pitched the ninth and picked up his first save of the season.
The Redbirds took a 2-0 lead in the first on a one-out double by Owen Miller, a balk, a sacrifice fly by Collin Braithwaite and doubles by Nick Zouras and Joe Aeilts.
Illinois State expanded a 2-1 margin to 4-1 in the fourth on a two-run double by John Rave.
It was 4-2 in the eighth when a sacrifice fly by Jordan Libman bumped the lead to 5-2. Washington got a run in the eighth and one in the ninth, but Huffman closed the door.
ISU's spring break trip continues Thursday when the Redbirds travel to Hawaii to begin a four-game series.