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ISU baseball slugs way to pair of wins

ISU baseball slugs way to pair of wins

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The Illinois State baseball team hammered out 37 hits and scored 37 runs to pick up wins over St. Bonaventure and Duquesne at the RussMatt Invitational at Winter Haven, Fla. on Sunday.

Chad Hinshaw had four hits and five RBI while Zach Amrein also plated five runs as the Redbirds (3-2) routed St. Bonaventure, 21-3.

ISU scored seven runs in the second inning before tacking on eight more in the sixth to give Corey Maines (1-0) his first win of the season. Maines pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, holding the Bonnies (0-2) to one hit while striking out eight.

Jake Thornton singled home Hinshaw in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Redbirds to a hard-fought 16-15 win over Duquesne.

Kevin Tokarski had four hits and drove in four runs while Anthony Ruffolo homered and had three RBI to lead the ISU attack. Both Amrein and Tyler McNeely chipped in three hits and two RBI.

Kenny Long (1-0) worked the final 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win, holding Duquesne to one hit.

Sealy wins conference title: Freshman Sade Sealy won a conference championship in the women’s 400-meter dash on the second day of competition at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday at Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Redbird women’s team finished fourth while the men place fifth. Wichita State won both the men’s and women’s team titles.

Sealy bested the field in a time of 55.56 seconds to earn the Redbirds’ first individual title since Devon Williams won titles in the 60 and 200 dashes in 2008. Sealy also picked up All-Valley honors with a third-place finish in the 200 dash (24.83) and as a member of the 4x400 relay team that finished in second place.

Other runners on the 4x400 relay team were Alia McAfee, Tia Harvey and Meaka Brents. They earned All-Valley honors by finishing in 3:44.74.

Brents, like Sealy, was also a multiple All-Valley runner as she placed third in the 60 dash with a time of 7.58 seconds and seventh in the 200 dash (25.45).

In the field events, NCAA provisional qualifier Tori Ziegler earned All-Valley honors in the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 5.50 inches.   

On the men’s side, John Neisler highlighted the day’s action as he earned All-Valley honors in the 800 run in a time of 1:54.57.

AT WINTER HAVEN, FLA.

FIRST GAME

ILLINOIS STATE 21, ST. BONAVENTURE 3

St. Bonaventure    000 000 201—3-4-3

Illinois State    273 108 00x—21-17-0

Hardner (L, 0-1), Brennen (3), Wallschlaeger (6) and Buckler, Grieco; Maines (W, 1-0), Werdertich (7) and DeMarco.

ILLINOIS STATE — 2B—Hinshaw 2, Tokarski, McNeely, Colon. RBI—Hinshaw 5, Amrein 5, McNeely 3, Court 2, Tokarski, Ruffolo, Thornton, Thaden, DeMarco. Two or more hits—Hinshaw 4, Colon 3, Amrein 2, DeMarco 2. Pitching —Maines (6.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO), Werderitch (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO).

Records — St. Bonaventure 0-2, Illinois State 2-2.

SECOND GAME

Illinois State    121 205 130 01—16-20-4

Duquense    241 122 300 00—15-16-2

Copeland, Learnard (4), Verbeke (7), Long (7, W, 1-0) and DeMarco; Devine, Bugajski (3), Balbierz (6), Lombardo (6), Pelekanos (10, L) and Devereaux.

ILLINOIS STATE — 2B-DeMarco 2, Tokarski, Court, McNeely. 3B-Amrein 2. HR-Ruffolo, McNeely. RBI-Tokarski 4, Ruffolo 3, Amrein 2, McNeely 2, Hinshaw, Court, Thornton, Thaden . Two or more hits—Tokarski 4, Amrein 3, McNeely 3, Court 2, DeMarco 2, Kay 2. Pitching —Copeland (3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO), Learnard (3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO), Verbeke (.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO), Long (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO).

Records — Illinois State 3-2, Duquense 0-5.

Softball team falls: The Illinois State softball team fell to Mississippi State, 9-3, Sunday at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. on Sunday.

Mississippi State (9-5) jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead before adding two more runs in both the third and fourth innings to go up by a 6-2 margin. Three more Bulldog runs in the fifth inning put the Redbirds (8-5) into a 9-2 hole from which they wouldn’t recover.

Beth Current had two hits and an RBI to lead ISU. Redbird starter Jordan Birch (2-3) gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings in taking the loss.

AT COLUMBUS, GA.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 9, ILLINOIS STATE 3

Mississippi State    202 230 0—9-8-1

Illinois State    001 100 1—3-8-2

Vry, Becker (3, W, 2-1) and Bramlett; Birch (L, 2-3), Warner (3), Burton (5) and Kay.

ILLINOIS STATE — 2B—Hamilton. RBI— Hamilton, Kay, Current. Two or more hits—Current. Pitching —Birch (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO), Warner (2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO), Burton (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO).

Records — Mississippi State 9-5, Illinois State 8-5.

Gymnasts lose to SEMO: Despite first place finishes in both the floor exercise and uneven bars by Erica Schick, the Illinois State gymnastics team dropped a 194.375-193.275 decision to Southeast Missouri State at Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Melissa Mann took second in the balance beam with a score of 9.775.

Elsewhere

Zasada SLIAC player of the year: Eureka College’s Michael Zasada has been named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s basketball player of the year.

Zasada, a three-time all-SLIAC selection, led the league in scoring with a 24.1 average and was second in rebounding with 9.8 boards per game. The Red Devils’ Kameron Bell, a Clinton product, garnered second-team honors.

Chantaivia Knight received honorable mention on the women’s all-conference squad.

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