Alyssa Wiebel belted a grand slam and Shannon Felde extended her hitting streak to nine games Saturday as the Illinois State softball team defeated Florida A&M, 6-3, in the Bubly Invitational at Gainesville, Fla.
Wiebel's blast gave ISU (2-12) a 4-0 first-inning lead over the Rattlers. An Emme Olson double plated Felde in the second inning for a 5-0 Redbird advantage. ISU tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Andrea Coursey scored on Wiebel's sacrifice fly.
Normal Community product Ali Domkuski (1-1) gave up five hits in five innings before Morgan Day relieved in the sixth. Domkuski struck out four and walked two while allowing three runs, two earned.
Earlier Saturday, Bloomington High School graduate Ellie Weltha smacked a solo home run in the third inning in ISU's 10-2 loss to No. 3-ranked Florida. It was the 15-0 Gators' third victory of the season over the Redbirds. NCHS product Mack Leonard drove home ISU's other run with a single in the fifth.
Felde was the starting and losing pitcher. ISU faces Florida A&M again at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Baseball falls: A walkoff home run by Cole Fiori lifted Central Arkansas to a 6-4 victory over Illinois State's baseball team at Conway, Ark.
Derek Parola had three hits for ISU (3-1). Ryan Hutchinson added two hits and an RBI. Brent Headrick went six strong innings for the Redbirds, allowing three runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Jackson Bronke, the fourth ISU pitcher, took the loss.
ISU women 2nd, men 3rd in track: On the opening day of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track Championships at Cedar Falls, Iowa, ISU picked up victories from its men's distance medley relay (9:57.06) and Ariana Cranston in the women's pole vault (12-8).
After six women's events, the Redbirds are second with 48 points, two behind Indiana State. After four men's events, ISU is third (28) behind co-leaders Bradley and Northern Iowa (31).
Placing second for ISU were Kyle Mattes in the men's 5,000 (14:24.93), Grace Beattie in the women's 5,000 (17:03.29) and Nicole Bagwell in the pole vault (12-6).
Wallace leads golfers: Senior Trent Wallace shot a 3-under 69 to join a four-way tie for sixth among individuals as the ISU men's golf team completed the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate at Tallahassee, Fla. Wallace gained 22 spots on the leaderboard after shooting an even par 72 in the opening round.
The Redbirds sit in a two-way tie for 10th place with an 11-over 587. Senior David Rauer (71-74-145) is tied for 27th among individuals. The final round is Sunday.
Women's golf in seventh: After the first day was canceled because of unseasonably cold weather, the Illinois State women's golf team shot 303 in the opening round of the Rio Verde Invitational and were six strokes off the lead with 18 holes to play.
ISU was led by Becca Black’s 1-over par 72, good for a three-way tie for fourth. Arkansas State took the lead with a 297.
Anderson leads track team at CCIW meet: Illinois Wesleyan junior Zach Anderson, who won the weight throw and shot put, was chosen as the "Field Athlete of the Meet" at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin indoor track championships in Naperville.
Anderson won the shot put Saturday with a distance of 54 feet, ½-inch after taking first in the weight throw on Friday (61-4¼). North Central won the meet with 218 points, followed by Augustana (113) and Millikin (71). IWU was seventh with 40.
On the women's side, the Titans placed fourth with 79 points. IWU was led Saturday by a victory from the 4 x 400 relay team of Becca Anderson, Jessica Franklin, Jillian Runyon and Kelsey Wyman in 3:56.34. North Central won with 184 points.
Men's basketball wins SLIAC tourney: Hank Thomas had 23 points and five assists as Eureka College's men's basketball team edged Webster, 70-69, in the SLIAC Tournament championship game at St. Louis. Dakota Bennington added 17 points and four assists for the Red Devils (13-14), while Jordan Dehm contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. Webster fell to 20-7.
Eureka earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.