Dan Savas fired a complete-game with a season-best eight strikeouts, but Missouri State (17-17, 6-4 MVC) rallied for four runs late to defeat Illinois State (22-12, 5-5 MVC), 4-2, Friday afternoon at Hammons Field.
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Illinois State Redbirds (22-11, 5-4 MVC) resume Valley play this weekend with a three-game conference series at Missouri State (16-17, 5-4 MVC). All three games begin at 1:05 p.m.
Will Headean struck out a career-high seven batters as Illinois State (22-11, 5-4 MVC) topped in-state foe Illinois (18-14, 6-3 Big Ten), 6-2, Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.
The defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Illinois State baseball team hosted nearly 20 children from the Miracle League of Central Illinois for the third annual Miracle League Day Saturday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.
Following a pair of wins over non-Division I opponents, the Illinois State Redbirds (21-11, 5-4 MVC) host Illinois (18-13, 6-3 Big Ten) Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.