After a Saturday-Sunday slugfest for the Illinois State baseball team, they would continue their hot hitting into Tuesday night’s game with the Illinois Wesleyan Titans.
“Eleven hits, seven runs tonight. Those guys drove in some big runs and took a lot of good swings,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “They tried to keep us off balance and threw a lot of different pitchers at us, but we did a good job of having good at-bats.”
The hitting got started early, as Daniel Dwyer would be brought home on a Mike Hollenbeck sacrifice fly in the first. The play would not have been possible if it was not for a dropped third strike that could not be handled by the Wesleyan catcher, and second baseman Paul DeJong was able to reach first.
ISU would continue to score once the top of the order rolled back around, as Dwyer would score again, this time off a DeJong double that was off the top of the wall. DeJong would later score after Mike Hollenbeck singled him home.
After a Brock Stewart sacrifice fly in the fourth and a Jack Czeszewski bases-loaded hit brought in two more runs, Brian Rodemoyer capped off the Redbirds night with a solo home run to make it 7-0 after the seventh inning.
Even with all the offense, pitcher Will Headean would dominate on the mound as well. After a ball would sneak up the middle of the infield in the first inning, Headean would retire the next 19 batters he faced, striking out 13 batters total for the night.
“Will [Headean] was very good today,” Kingston said. “He was aggressive with his fastball, just attacked hitters all night, and his stuff was really good. He gave a really dominant performance.”
The only run the Redbirds would surrender would come in the bottom of the eighth off a sacrifice fly, and the Redbirds would win 7-1 on a cool night in Bloomington.
The Redbirds have now won six of their last seven games, and coach Kingston is prepared for it to continue.
“We just treat every game like it’s a game we want to win, and should win, so when we come out to play, nothing changes for us regardless of the opponent,” Kingston said. “Whatever the next game is on the schedule we expect to play hard.”
ISU will next play Wednesday against MacMurray with the first pitch set for 3 p.m.