Illinois State broke a 0-0 tie with a single run in the
second inning. Mike Hollenbeck opened the frame with a single
and advanced to third base on Brock Stewart’s double off the
wall in right center. Two batters later, Sean Beesley bounced
out to second base to score Hollenbeck. Stewart was stranded at
third base to end the frame. The Redbirds had bases-load
opportunities in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but could
not push across another run.
Savas tallied multi-strikeout innings in the second, third,
fifth, sixth and eighth innings. The Leathernecks rallied to
load the bases with one out in the fifth inning, but Savas
struck out Zack Burling and Jameson Henning to end the threat. A
pair of singles, coupled with an error by Dennis Colon, gave WIU
a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh inning.
Burling’s two-run single to left field put Western Illinois on
top for good.
Western Illinois starter Tyler Willman allowed one run on four
hits with 10 strikeouts for a no-decision. Nick Milligan worked
three-perfect relief innings before walking Colon to open the
ninth inning. Owings then replaced Milligan and induced a
strikeout, caught-stealing double play to clear the bases.
Back-to-back hit-by pitches to Joe Kelch and Paul DeJong were
wasted when Hollenbeck bounced out to short to end the game.
The series continues Saturday with a noon start in Macomb. Dylan
Craig will take the mount for ISU.
[Text received from RONAN O'SHEA,
Illinois State University]
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