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ISU's Headean picks up 1st win with 9-3 victory over NIU

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[April 10, 2013]  NORMAL -- Freshman pitcher Will Headean picked up his first career win at Illinois State as the Redbirds (15-15) defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies (11-19) by a score of 9-3 at Duffy Bass Field on Tuesday night in nonconference action.

Headean (1-4) allowed three earned runs on seven hits in a career-best seven innings of work, while striking out three batters, to pick up his first win of the season and the first in his career at ISU. Jeremy Rhoades allowed just two hits over the final two innings of work to finish out the victory for the Redbirds.

After both teams failed to score in the first inning, NIU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Jeff Zimmerman scored on an RBI single to left field off the bat of Joe Battaglia. The Huskies' lead did not last long, as the Redbirds answered with four runs on three hits and took advantage of a costly throwing error to take a 4-1 lead.

Zac Johnson led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a single up the middle by Kyle Stanton. Daniel Dwyer then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by NIU third baseman Connor Duckhorn. Duckhorn attempted to throw out Johnson sliding into third, but he overthrew the shortstop covering the bag, and Johnson came home to score as Stanton advanced to third and Dwyer moved up to second base.

Brett Kay then followed with a double to center field to score both Stanton and Dwyer, making the score 3-1. Kay then advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Mike Hollenbeck to extend the lead to 4-1 after two innings of play. NIU got two of those runs back in the top of the inning, thanks to four hits in the inning, to cut the ISU lead to 4-3.

The Redbirds extended their lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs on two hits. Dwyer and Kay led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Hollenbeck loaded the bases when he reached on a throwing error as he attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Sean Beesley then walked to force Dwyer home for the first run of the inning.

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With the bases loaded and no outs, Kay scored from third when Chad Hinshaw reached first on a fielder's choice as Beesley was forced out at second for the first out of the inning. Hinshaw then stole second base to give the Redbirds runners on second and third with one out, before Hollenbeck scored on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Paul DeJong for the final run of the inning.

The Redbirds extended their lead to 9-3 with runs from Beesley and Hinshaw in the eighth inning. Hollenbeck led off for the inning, grounding out to second base, before Beesley reached first with the help of a fielding error by the shortstop. Hinshaw then walked, setting up a single by DeJong through the left side that advanced Hinshaw to third and allowed Beesley to score the first run of the inning. The Redbirds added their second run when Hinshaw scored from third as Eric Aguilera reached on a fielding error.

Kay led the way for the Redbirds, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two driven in. DeJong also drove in a pair for the Redbirds, and Hollenbeck added two hits and drove in a run.

The Redbirds return to action Wednesday against MacMurray at 3 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field.


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[Text from news release received from Illinois State University]

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