Tri-Valley High School graduate Jack Butler was 3 for 4 with a home run, four runs scored and four RBI on Wednesday in Illinois State's 16-9 nonconference baseball victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville at Edwardsville.
Butler's grand slam highlighted a five-run first inning for ISU (10-5), which had 22 hits. Gunner Peterson, Joe Aeilts and Tyson Hays also hit home runs for the Redbirds, while Aidan Huggins was 4 for 5.
Connor Peplow (1-0), the second of five ISU pitchers, got the win. He allowed two runs on three hits in three innings, striking out four and walking three. The game was called after eight innings because of rain.
“The wind was blowing out at 30 miles per hour today. So, we knew the park was going to give up a ton of runs," ISU coach Steve Holm said. "We were very aggressive at the plate, which set the tone.”
ISU has adjusted its first home series this weekend because of impending weather, canceling its Friday game against Central Michigan. The teams will play 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a single game, also at 1 p.m., on Sunday at Duffy Bass Field.
Softball wins twice: Shelby Fulk hit a grand slam as Illinois Wesleyan's No. 2 nationally ranked softball team defeated Amherst, 8-0, at Clermont, Fla. Ally Wiegand pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts in the six-inning, eight-run rule game. Brittany Murphy and Mia Massaro had two hits each.
Earlier in the day, the Titans (4-0) downed Millsaps, 2-1. Jilian Runyan broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth when she tripled and stole home. Runyon and Murphy each had two hits.
Brea Walker (2-0) allowed one unearned run in five innings, striking out four. Wiegand got her first save with two hitless innings and five strikeouts.
Men's lacrosse wins: Bailey Marth scored five goals to pace the IWU men's lacrosse team to an 18-13 win over Mary Washington at Fredericksburg, Va. Ty Collins, Cole Harden and Will Rossi added three goals each for the Titans (4-0). Rick Smith had five assists for IWU.