DALLAS, Texas — Jordan Libman belted a two-run first-inning home run and had four hits in five plate appearances, but the Illinois State baseball team dropped an 11-4 decision to Dallas Baptist on Sunday at Horner Ballpark.
Dallas Baptist answered Libman's second homer of the season with a run in the bottom of the first before taking a 5-3 lead with a four-run rally in the third.
Matt Walker (3-6) was the losing pitcher as the Redbirds fell to 26-18 overall and 9-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Dallas Baptist pulled to within a game of the Redbirds in the Valley standings at 8-4 while improving to 30-13 overall.
In addition to his home run, Libman also had a double among his four hits in ISU's 11-hit attack.
Central Catholic graduate John Rave had three hits including a triple. Joe Butler added two hits and an RBI.
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The Patriots pounded four Redbird pitchers for 15 hits. Walker gave up seven hits and five runs in 4⅔ innings before being relieved by Colton Johnson, who relinquished two runs on three hits over the next two innings.
Reliever Jack Anderson was charged with all four of the insurance runs Baptist added in the eighth.
Following Libman's first-inning homer, the Redbirds added a run in the third on an RBI single by Joe Butler. ISU's only other run came in the seventh when Jeremy Gaines singled home Rave.
"We made too many mistakes to beat a good club, especially when you are at their house," said ISU coach Steve Holm. "When you lose it exposes some things and now we get a chance to work on those things."
The Redbirds return to action Tuesday when they face Northwestern at Evanston. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.