Gunner Peterson hit two of Illinois State's six home runs, including a grand slam by Tyson Hays, as the Redbirds belted out 22 hits to overpower Southeast Missouri State, 18-6, in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday at Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Derek Parola contributed four hits and three RBIs as the Redbirds improved to 9-5. Parola, John Rave and Adian Huggins also homered for ISU. Jordan Libman, Peterson and Huggins had three hits each.
“Baseball is a game that’s meant to be played with regularity. Midweek games are essential to a hitter’s timing," said ISU coach Jason Holm. "I’m glad to see them come out and be aggressive. Hopefully we can take that into the rest of the week.”
Brett Wicklund (1-0) started for ISU and went the first five innings for the win. He gave up seven hits and three runs, all earned, with no walks and one strikeout. Southeast Missouri (10-6) used six pitchers.
Wallace medalist, golfers 2nd: ISU senior Trent Wallace fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to take medalist honors and help the Redbirds to a second-place tie in the USF Invitational at Tampa, Fla. It was the sixth victory of Wallace's collegiate career.
Wallace, who had seven birdies in his round Tuesday, finished with a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204. Albin Bergstrom of South Florida was five strokes behind in second.
ISU's Joel Durnford shot 70-216 to tie for eighth individually. ISU fired 288 on Tuesday for an 866 total to tie with Elon as host South Florida claimed the title with 854.
Women take 14th in golf: ISU's women's golf team shot a final-round 308 to finish 14th in the Spring Break Shootout at Dade City, Fla. The Redbirds had a 54-hole total of 914.
Tournament hosts Western Kentucky and Florida Golf Coast topped the 15-team field, tying for first place at 5-over-par.
ISU's top finishers were Becca Black (78) and Caitlin Sims (80), who tied for 45th at 226. Paige Seiser had the Redbirds' best round Tuesday with a 74.
Softball opens with 2 wins: Ally Wiegand struck out 13 as No. 2-ranked Illinois Wesleyan opened its softball season with a 3-1 victory over Catholic University before topping Stockton College, 3-2, in nine innings at Clermont, Fla.
Wiegand threw a complete-game four-hitter against Catholic, giving up an earned run and walking none. Courtney Barrett drove in two runs while Brittany Murphy had two of the Titans' eight hits.
In the nightcap, Jillian Runyon singled home Hayley Earl with the winning run. Runyon and Earl each had two of IWU's eight hits.
Brea Walker went the distance in the circle for the Titans, giving up six hits and striking out 10. Neither of Stockton's runs were earned.
Baseball routs Westfield State: The IWU baseball team unleashed a 17-hit attack on Westfield State and defeated the Owls, 14-3, in Auburndale, Fla.
Eric Kozlowski belted a two-run homer for the Titans (5-3). Dalton Fletcher, Evan Ranneklev and Jeran Simpson each contributed three hits.
Jacob Houghton was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Jim O'Brien. Houghton limited the Owls to two hits and struck out two in two innings of work.