Aguilera was a combined 4 for 7 from the batter's box in the
doubleheader, as he recorded four hits, including a single, a
double, a triple and a home run. The Cary native also scored four
runs. Five other Redbirds recorded three hits on the afternoon,
while Kyle Stanton and Chad Hinshaw scored three and two runs,
respectively. Paul Dejong hit two doubles in the second game.
Headen and JD Learnard picked up the wins from the mound, as
Headen's record improved to 2-5, while Learnard's moved to 2-2.
Game one: Illinois State 4, MacMurray 0
In the first game, with the wind blowing out, Aguilera sent a
homer over the right-center-field wall to get ISU on the board first
in the bottom half of the second inning. Daniel Dwyer drew a walk
and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brett Kay. With a
runner in scoring position, Mike Hollenbeck singled to left field,
as Kay was able to use his speed and score from second, increasing
ISU's lead to two runs after two complete innings.
ISU was held scoreless for the next three frames, but pushed
across two more runs in the sixth. Aguilera doubled and moved to
third on a single by Kyle Stanton. Aguilera was able to cross home
plate off a wild pitch, scoring his second run of the game. Then
Stanton scored on a single by Kay, giving ISU the 4-0 win.
On the mound, Headen picked up his second win of the season,
throwing a complete seven-inning game. He struck out five, walked
two and allowed four hits in the win, while facing 24 Highlander
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Game two: Illinois State 9, MacMurray 4
The Redbirds picked up their offensive attack in the second game,
as ISU took a 4-0 lead after the first inning and batted through the
order. Aguilera drove in two runs with a triple and later crossed
home plate when Hollenbeck hit a sacrifice fly to center field,
making the score 3-0. Illinois State pushed another run across in
the first, as Dejong doubled to left-center to score Stanton,
increasing ISU's lead to 4-0.
ISU added two more runs to its total in the second, both coming
with two outs. Aguilera singled and stole second before Stanton
doubled to center field. Stanton moved to third on a wild pitch and
scored on a double by Hollenbeck, increasing the Redbirds' lead to
six runs after two complete innings.
Illinois State continued to add runs to its side of the
scoreboard, as Johnson hit a two-out double, driving in two more
Redbird runs in the bottom of the third. After three complete
innings, ISU took an 8-0 advantage.
MacMurray threatened in the fifth, pushing across four runs, but
another Redbird tally in the bottom of the sixth gave Illinois State
the 9-4 victory.
On the mound, seven Redbirds appeared in the game, but the win
went to Learnard, who pitched two complete innings, the most of the
Redbird pitchers. Learnard allowed one hit and recorded one
strikeout as he faced six batters.
The Redbirds will now return to Missouri Valley Conference play,
as they travel to Bradley for a three-game series over the weekend.
Friday's game in Peoria is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]