The Illinois State baseball team scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally for a 9-5 victory over Murray State at Murray, Ky., on Saturday.

"It showed great resilience to come back like that,” said ISU coach Steve Holm, whose team improved to 7-3.

Aidan Huggins sparked the Redbirds with three hits including a double to drive in two runs. Derek Parola also drove in two runs with a double. Other RBIs came from John Rave, Joe Aeilts and Tyson Hays.

ISU starter Matt Walker worked six innings, allowing two hits and two runs, one of which was earned. He also fanned seven and walked three. Reliever Colton Johnson (1-0) got the win after allowing two hits and three runs in one inning.

In the ninth, Hays walked to bring home Jordan Libman. Huggins followed with a two-run single to put ISU ahead, 6-5. Rave later singled home Hays and Huggins scored on an error. Parola capped the uprising with a one-run double.

Softball tops No. 15 Hoosiers: The ISU softball team received a three-hit shutout from Morgan Day and a pair of RBIs from Alyssa Wiebel in a 3-0 win over No. 15 Indiana in the Purple and Gold Invitational at Baton Rouge, La. In late night action, No. 9 LSU topped the Redbirds, 6-2.

Day (2-4) struck out seven and walked one in a complete game whitewash of the Hoosiers (16-2).

Wiebel delivered a two-run single in the first inning and Andrea Coursey doubled and had an RBI as the Redbirds scored all three of their runs in the opening frame.

ISU (5-13) had six hits with Shannon Felde reaching on a pair of singles.

Against LSU, Felde (1-6) took the loss, but had the Redbirds only hit against Ali Kilponen (3-0), who walked five and fanned one. Felde allowed three hits.


Anderson wins shot put: IWU junior Zach Anderson won the shot put with a toss of 54 feet in the Wartburg College Qualifier in Waverly, Iowa. He also placed fourth in the weight throw (58-1).

Titan Patrick Foster finished sixth in the high jump (6-2¾) while the women's 1,600-meter relay team of Jillian Runyon, Becca Anderson, Kelsey Wyman and Jessica Franklin took eighth in 3:56.68.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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