The Illinois State baseball team gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to drop a season-opening, 7-6 decision to Austin Peay in the Austin Peay Invitational at Clarksville, Tenn., Thursday.
The Redbirds outhit their host, 12-7, but left 13 men on base and allowed eight walks compared to two for Austin Peay. Ryan Anetsberger had three hits for ISU including a double. He has a 16-game hitting streak stretching back to last season.
Kyle O'Brien, Blake Schoonover and Brian Davis each had two hits and drove in a run for ISU, which also got RBIs from Kevin Dubler, Jesse Griswold and Gabe DeMarco.
Kris Jenkins had a double for ISU as did O'Brien, Griswold and Schoonover.
Matt Reynolds, the last of four Austin Peay pitchers, earned the win after working 1.1 innings. Luke Baughman, the third of five ISU pitchers, took the loss after allowing four earned runs in 1.2 innings. Redbird starter Kitt Kopach struck out four and walked four in 5.1 innings.
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Ryan Kane had a three-run home run in the ninth to finish with four RBIs for Austin Peay.
ISU returns to action at 11 a.m. today against Dayton.
Richdale nets golf honor
ISU senior Samantha Richdale has been named Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week, adding to her school and Missouri Valley records for career weekly honors.
Richdale earned her 15th career MVC Golfer of the Week award by being the top Missouri Valley finisher at the Central District Invitational. She had a three-round score of 222 (70, 78, 74) on the River Wilderness Country Club at Parrish, Fla., to place fourth individually.
"I think that Samantha has been taking it to a higher level all year long," ISU coach Ray Kralis said. "Mentally, she's at a higher level and has developed on the golf course maturity wise to where she knows she doesn't have to be at her best all the time to compete and win. But she certainly goes into each event knowing that she has what it takes and never questions herself."