After the Redbirds mustered only two runs in the first game of the weekend series, they would make sure their offense was not a problem for the rest of the weekend, taking the next two games and the series against the Bears.
The first game of the series was dominated by pitching, as Dan Savas would go all eight innings pitched, but give up the lead late to give the Bears the victory.
After a Mike Beesley single in the third brought in one run and a Brock Stewart triple brought in the other, that would be it for the Redbird offense.
Savas would soon be doomed after giving up four runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
“Obviously, we had a lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning and felt really good about things,” head coach Dan Kingston said. “Dan (Savas) was cruising, and then for whatever reason they were able to square some balls up there in that inning, and we have to figure that out, why that happened.”
The next two games would be all ISU as they totaled 27 hits and 13 runs.
Saturday’s game two quickly turned in the Redbird’s favor in the second inning when Dennis Colon drove in two runs off a single and Brian Rodemoyer drove in Beesley on a fielder’s choice to take a 3-0 lead.
Jack Czeszewski got a man home in the fourth with an RBI-fielder’s choice to make the score 4-0.
Dylan Craig would survive the biggest threat from the Bears in the seventh inning by only surrendering one run after loading the bases to bring the game to 4-1 Redbirds.
Paul DeJong all but sealed the deal with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning.
Stewart closed out the game’s final two innings to give the Redbirds the 6-1 victory.
Game three would be more of the same for the Redbirds, as Rodemoyer’s double in the second inning gave the Redbirds a 1-0 lead. Rodemoyer reached base all five times he came to the plate in the game.
Czeszewski also drove in another run an inning later.
Rodemoyer hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to blow the game wide-open, 4-0. Beesley would then single in the fifth to give ISU a 5-0 lead.
Pitcher Jeremy Rhoades gave up his only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to put the game at a 5-1 lead for the Redbirds.
The Redbirds would finally end their scoring spree in the seventh inning after hits by DeJong, Mike Hollenbeck and Joe Kelch put the game at 7-1.
“[I’m] really happy with how we responded to the disappointing loss on Friday,” Kingston said. “Anytime you lose a game late after having controlled that game like we did, it’s hard to bounce back — especially on the road. So we’re really happy with what our guys did yesterday [Saturday] and then they built on that today.”
Illinois State will play Illinois Wesleyan today in the Horenberger-Bass Classic.