The Illinois State baseball team pounded out 17 hits in an opening 12-6 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday, but dropped the doubleheader's nightcap, 4-2, at Bauer Field in Valparaiso, Ind.

John Rave, Derek Parola and Gunner Peterson all belted home runs for the Redbirds in the first Missouri Valley Conference game. Joe Aeilts stroked three doubles, and Jordan Libman had three RBIs.

ISU starter Jeff Lindgren (3-2) was the winner with Colton Johnson following Lindgren's five innings with three scoreless frames.

A Sam Shaikin home run in the sixth inning of the second game put Valpo (6-21, 1-5) ahead 3-2.

Matt Walker (1-5) struck out 10 in seven innings for the Redbirds (17-14, 2-1) but absorbed the loss. Joe Butler contributed two of ISU's six hits.

“I thought we put together a heck of a week. Five games in six days is always tough, especially on your pitching," Redbirds coach Steve Holm said. "We had five great starts and the bullpen threw very well all week long."

Track teams sweep: The ISU men's and women's track teams both won in the three-team Redbird Invitational at Normal. The men scored 300 points and the women 358.

ISU's Devon Kelly won the 400 (48.87) and ran on the winning 1,600 relay (3:18.42) with Brandon Gage, Avery Lyons and Nick Swartzendruber. ISU won the 400 relay (41.62) with Gage, Lyons, Dion Hooker and Andy Hatch.

Also winning for the ISU men were Jack Anstey in the 800 (1:50.27), Derek Wegman in the high jump (6-4¾), Sam Weisz in the hammer (178-2) and Logan Calvin in the shot put (53-7½).

For the Redbird women, Tori Ortiz swept the 100 (11.97) and 200 (24.70) and ran on the winning 400 relay (46.69) with Demetria Anderson, Ashleigh Wilson and Mya Robinson. Anderson also won the 100 hurdles (13.68). Wilson also ran on the winning 1,600 relay (3:52.57) with Whitney Ward, Hattie Plumb and Jaclyn Greci. Plumb won the 800 in 2:12.76.

Other Redbird women winning were Sydney Laufenberg in the discus (173-3), Tessa Holland in the javelin (127-4), Grace Beattie in the 1,500 (4:37.42), Jordyn Bruce in the 400 hurdles (1:01.20), Kameesha Smith in the high jump (5-7¾), Ariana Cranston in the pole vault (18-8¼), Brandy Thomas in the shot put (48-11¾) and Julia Bourke in the hammer (183-2).

Women's golf ties for 5th: The ISU women's golf team ended tied for fifth in the 15-team Jan Weaver Invitational in Murray, Ky.

ISU shot a final round 299 to finish with a three-round total of 914 to tie Bradley for fifth. Eastern Kentucky (872) won.

ISU's Caitlin Sims and Paige Seiser ended in a three-way tie for 16th at 227.


Men's golf wins: The IWU men's golf team shot 288 to finish with a 572 total, good for a nine-shot victory over runner-up Hope in the 21-team IWU Invitational at Ironwood Golf Course.

IWU's B team was third (291-583) and its C team 20th (313-628).

The Titans were led by medalist Drew Pershing, who shot 72 for a five-under total of 139. He beat runner-up Evan MacLean of Parkland by one stroke.

Baseball team sweeps: Garrett Shea had three home runs and seven RBIs in IWU's 13-4 victory over Carroll at Waukesha, Wis. The Titans (11-11, 4-4) won the nightcap, 16-7, with help from home runs by Nick Figus, Evan Ranneklev and Dom DiLello.

In the first game, Figus and Stephen Billington also homered while Nick Brune (5-1) got the win, scattering six hits over eight innings. Figus finished with three hits and two RBIs while Billington had two hits and two RBIs

In the second game, Ranneklev had two hits and three RBIs while Seth Palmby added three hits and three RBIs. Shea also had three hits. Quinn Gudaitis (2-1) got the win after fanning 10 over six innings.

Women's lacrosse wins: Dani Engelbreit had four goals to lead the IWU women (9-1, 1-0) to a 15-6 victory over Augustana (4-7, 0-2) at Rock Island.

Also scoring for the Titans were Riley Rooney (3), Grainne Kelly (3), Maggie Torres (2), Claudia Richman (2) and Bridget O'Malley (1). IWU outshot its host, 37-22.

Women's track wins at DePauw: The IWU women's track team outdistanced Rose-Hulman, 162.5 to 104.5, to win the nine-team DePauw Invitational at Greencastle, Ind.

Freshman Jessica Franklin swept the 100 hurdles (15.24) and 400 hurdles (1:02.27).

Ayana Blair won the discus (127-2). The IWU women's 1,600 relay also won (3:57.55).

The seventh-place IWU men scored 46 points. Rose-Hulman (192) won.

Men win in lacrosse: Five goals apiece from Rick Smith and Will Rossi sparked the IWU men (10-1, 2-0) to a 21-13 victory over Carthage (9-3, 0-1) at Kenosha, Wis.

Adding two goals apiece for IWU were J.C. Grabarek, Charles Hildestad, Ty Collins and Bailey Marth. Adding one goal each were Patrick Murphy, Cole Harden and Danny Lowe. The Titans outshot their host, 71-35.

Warrner leads women golfers: Maggie Warrner, playing for IWU's B team, fired a 74 and is third after the first round of the WUSTL Spring Invitational at Tapawingo National Golf Club in Sunset Hills, Mo.

Olivia Ruff paced IWU's top squad with a 77 and is tied for 11th. The Titans are tied for ninth at 333, while the IWU B team is tied for 11th at 339. Carleton leads at 304, seven strokes ahead of DePauw in the 15-team field.

Maria Zrodowska fired 72 to take the individual lead. Carthage's Sarah Lyman, a University High School graduate, is tied for fourth with a 75.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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