The Redbirds were able to come back after a two-game deficit against Dallas Baptist (23-7, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) and take the final game of the weekend Valley series in a 3-1 decision.
Game One: ISU 1, Dallas Baptist 2
Justin Wall of the Patriots claimed the game early for Dallas Baptist with a two-run home run in the fourth inning of game one. ISU pitcher Dan Savas allowed two runs off of five hits, leading to his first loss over his last 18 games. Savas struck out seven Patriots and walked two.
With the Dallas Baptist bases loaded in the first inning, Savas made a double play that ended the inning to shut the Patriots down, and the game remained scoreless until the fourth inning.
Dallas Baptist’s Daniel Salters hit a single to right center to start off the fourth and Wall’s over-the-fence home run helped the Patriots to a 2-0 lead over the Redbirds.
The only run from ISU came in the seventh inning when Jack Czeszewski doubled to the alley. Dennis Colon walked and both players advanced on a wild pitch. Czeszewski then scored on another wild pitch to put close the deficit by half.
Later in the game, Colon singled and Brock Stewart singled to right field, sending Colon to second. However, the Patriots were able to answer the advance and strike out Dylan Johnson and Sean Beesley to end the game in a 2-1 decision.
Game Two: ISU 1, Dallas Baptist 9
During game two against Dallas Baptist Saturday, Jeremy Rhoades allowed seven runs, four earned, in six innings of play, helping the Patriots on their way to a 9-1 victory over the Redbirds.
Although Rhoades struck out eight batters and walked three, Dallas Baptist was able to put up two three-run innings and secure an additional three runs.
Patriot KJ Alexander was the first to score off of a wild pitch from Rhoades to put Dallas Baptist at a 1-0 advantage in the third inning. The Patriots then went on to plate three in the fourth inning due to a throwing error by Rhoades.
Mason Snyder opened the fifth inning with a hit-by pitch and went on to score on Beesley’s run-scoring triple.
DBU ended the game with three runs in the sixth inning.
Game Three: ISU 3, Dallas Baptist 1
Dylan Craig led the Redbirds to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Baptist Patriots thanks to a career-high 11 strikeouts and eight scoreless innings Sunday. This win marks the 1,700th career-win for ISU baseball.
Craig retired 11 batters in a row and worked four 1-2-3 innings. David Suarez allowed DBU’s only run in the ninth inning, but finished the game with a victory.
ISU managed all of its scoring in the sixth inning when Beesley opened the frame with a single and made it to second on a sacrifice from Daniel Dwyer.
Mike Hollenbeck hit an infield single to plate Beesley and put the Redbirds on the scoreboard, followed by a two-run single by Czeszewski to cap off ISU’s offensive campaign.
Dallas Baptist hit consecutive doubles in the ninth inning and scored off of Suarez once, but the Redbirds retaliated by retiring the Patriots’ Alexander to end the game.
The Redbirds will return to the field with a non-conference game against Northern Illinois Tuesday in Dekalb. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m.