After four scoreless innings, Illinois State’s (26-12, 7-5 MVC) baseball team rallied eight points to shut out NCAA Division-III opponent MacMurray in a 8-0 decision.
Leading ISU’s scoring campaign was Jack Czeszewski with three runs, followed closely by Sean Beesley and Daniel Dwyer, each with two and Logan Leverett with one.
Matt Lambert (2-0), in his seventh appearance as a part of ISU’s baseball team, was ticketed with the Wednesday afternoon victory at Duffy Bass Field, making this his second-consecutive win.
MacMurray’s loss was attributed to Clayton Ruckman (0-1) who allowed three runs over four relief innings.
ISU has won four straight games and is now 8-2 at home.
Lambert worked a career-high six shutout innings and struck out a career-high seven batters while scattering four hits.
Steve Heilenback, Cam Verbeke and JD Learnard collaborated to work the final three innings, not allowing a single run.
Paul DeJong contributed four RBI, followed by Czeszewski with two and Dwyer with one.
Although MacMurray loaded the bases in the first inning, Lambert was able to keep the inning scoreless until the fifth inning.
With two outs, Beesley advanced to second base on his team-leading 25th stolen base. Czeszewski then hit a triple into right field to bring Beesley home.
Dwyer followed with a run-scoring single and DeJong added a double to give the Redbirds the 4-0 advantage.
In the sixth inning, ISU added three more runs which were highlighted by a two-run single from DeJong. Czeszewski and DeJong each drove home a run in the eighth inning to cap ISU’s offensive campaign.
With this win, ISU has extended its scoring streak to four games.
The Redbirds look to maintain this momentum and further increase their home record with a three-game home Valley series against Southern Illinois beginning Friday night in Normal.