In his seventh appearance in a Redbird uniform, Lambert (2-0) worked
a career-best six shutout innings. He struck out a career-high seven
and scattered four hits. Steve Heilenbach, Cam Verbeke and J.D.
Learnard combined to work the final three innings without allowing a
run. Clayton Ruckman (0-1) suffered the defeat and allowed three
runs over four relief innings.
MacMurray loaded the bases in the first inning off Lambert, but
the Redbird right-hander was able to work out of trouble to preserve
a scoreless tie. The game remained 0-0 until the fifth inning.
With two outs, Sean Beesley reached safely on a bunt and advanced
to second base with his team-leading 25th stolen base. Jack
Czeszewski then roped a triple off the wall in right field to plate
Beesley. Daniel Dwyer followed with a run-scoring single, and Paul
DeJong knocked a double to make it 4-0.
Illinois State added three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted
by a two-run single from DeJong. Czeszewski and DeJong drove home a
run each in the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
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