Due to an impending thunderstorm, game two of ISU’s doubleheader against Drake was canceled Monday evening after the Redbirds were able to shut out the Bulldogs in an 11-0 decision.
After a 45-minute rain delay, Illinois State (25-24, 17-5 MVC) picked up an 11-0 run-rule victory against Drake (17-30, 9-13 MVC) at Marian Kneer Stadium Monday afternoon.
This win was the ninth in a row for ISU and thanks to this victory, the Redbirds will claim the regular season MVC title, pending two wins over the weekend against Wichita State.
Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Week Regan Romshek was ticketed with the complete shutout win for the Redbirds. Romshek allowed only five hits and struck out five Bulldog batters in five innings to earn her 28th complete game and fifth shutout of the season.
ISU emerged early in the contest with four runs in the bottom of the first inning with two outs.
Sara Bradley drove in two with a RBI single followed by a Stephanie Gallant two-run homer, her sixth of the season, giving ISU the 4-0 advantage.
The Redbirds chased Drake starter Mariah McKinnon out of the game in the bottom of the second with four more runs.
Kara Repp led off the frame with a single and later a run, when Brittny Drish reached on a bunt single and scoring Repp.
Laura Canopy launched her seventh home run to push two more runs across home plate.
Nichelle Harrison later scored on a Jordan de los Reyes double into left for the final run of the frame.
ISU tallied two more runs at the bottom of the third inning on a RBI by Drish and a bases-loaded walk from de los Reyes.
Romshek fired a 1-2-3 inning at the top of the fifth and the Redbirds scored the final run to cap their scoring campaign and end the game, 11-0.
Repp finished the contest 2-for-2 with a run scored and Canopy officially went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs.
Harrison added a pair of walks and two runs as well, while Annie Heineman walked and scored twice, contributing to the Redbirds’ victory.
ISU continues its fight for the MVC regular-season title Saturday against Wichita State, when they will compete in a doubleheader, which is scheduled to start at noon. The regular-season finale will take place Sunday at noon at Marian Kneer Stadium.