Illinois State struck first with a three-run Derek Parola home run, but it was all Dallas Baptist after that as the Patriots claimed a 13-3 Missouri Valley Conference baseball victory Saturday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.

The Redbirds (26-17 overall) saw a six-game winning streak snapped but still sit atop the MVC at 9-2. Dallas Baptist is 29-13 and 7-4 in league play.

With the series even at 1-1, the teams meet again at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

“Their arm (starter MD Johnson) did a good job today, and you got to tip your cap to him,” ISU coach Steve Holm said. “We will need to swing the bats better tomorrow. But we like where we are with (starter) Matt Walker. It should be fun.”

Parola’s fourth homer of the season came with Jack Butler and John Rave aboard. The Patriots scored twice in the third, took the lead with four in the fourth and increased their edge with three in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Johnson (7-1) struck out nine and walked two in six innings. ISU starter Jeff Lindgren (4-3) allowed six earned runs in 3⅔ innings.

Evan Sandmann paced Dallas Baptist with a two-run single in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth. Joe Aeilts had three of ISU’s seven hits.

Track team shines: The ISU track team saw three Redbirds win in the Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invitational at Louisville, Ky. Francis Ehigbai won the men's high jump (6-9), Kameesha Smith the women's high jump (5-9¼) and Ashlee Stieler the women's javelin (139-2).

“This was easily the best meet of the season for us so far, and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Valley Championships just two weeks away,” said ISU coach Jeff Bovee.

Cole Maguire posted the sixth best time in ISU history while placing second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 52.74 seconds. Teammate Logan Calvin took second in both the shot put (59-9) and discus (166-5). His 59-9 ranks third in ISU history. 

Other runners-up were Demetria Anderson in the 100 hurdles (13.64) and Sydney Laufenberg in the women's discus (186-10). Laufenberg missed her school record by two inches.

Women's tennis advances: The ISU women’s tennis team defeated Bradley, 4-0, to advance to the championship round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Redbirds (18-6) play at 10 a.m. Sunday against the Stony Brook. 

ISU's No. 2 doubles team of Jana Kustkova and Laura Fitzgerald topped Bozana Lojpur and Nikki Perlwitz, 6-1. Natalia Bravo and Ivon Mihaleva followed with a 6-3 win over Malini Wijesinghe and Lindsay Haight.

In singles, Mihaleva downed Perlwitz, 6-2, 6-0, while Fitzgerald topped Nina Marjanovic, 6-3, 7-5. Kustkova clinched the match with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win over Natalia Barbery. 


Women's lacrosse wins CCIW: The IWU women's lacrosse team (15-2, 7-0), winners of 10 straight, won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title outright with a 19-0 Senior Day victory over visiting Dubuque (1-14, 1-6). The top-seeded Titans will host a CCIW Tournament semifinal against No. 4 seed Carroll at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Landry Elliott had four goals for IWU, which got three apiece from Maggie Torres, Dani Engelbreit, Riley Rooney and Grainne Kelly. Sam Bidlack had a team-high six assists for the Titans, who outshot their guest, 31-1.

Men's lacrosse moves to 14-1: The IWU men's lacrosse team (14-1, 6-0) won its 10th consecutive game with a 28-9 decision over Carroll (0-15, 0-6) at Waukesha, Wis., to secure sole possession of the CCIW title. Will Rossi had five goals as the Titans got off a school record 105 shots compared to 16 for Carroll.

Other top IWU scorers were Rick Smith, Scott Allgood, Ty Collins and Brett Grabarek, who had three goals apiece. Smith had four of the Titans' 18 assists.

IWU's 87 ground balls broke the NCAA Division III record of 80 set by Husson vs. Thomas (Maine) in 2018.

Blair throws long: Ayana Blair won the discus (133-0) and hammer throw (150-6) to headline IWU efforts in the Illinois College Track Invitational at Jacksonville. Teammate Cecelia Galvan won the 3,000 steeplechase (11:56.39).

The IWU men were led by second placers Bryan Worby in the long jump (21-3¼), Cole Paraday in the discus (147-6) and Jeremy Glickman in the 800 (1:56.97).

The IWU women scored 82 points to finish fourth among 14 teams. The Titan men scored 56.5 points in fifth. Monmouth swept the team titles.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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