The Redbirds have now won two MVC titles in four seasons.
The Redbirds are now 8-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Illinois State drops back to .500 at 10-10.
Dan Savas struck out eight in his first appearance since 2011.
Freshman Will Headean retired all six batters faced in his NCAA debut, fanning five.
East Peoria Community High School: Four-year starter ... as a senior team captain of the baseball team, batted .425 with four home runs, 35 walks and 27 stolen bases ... earned all-state, all-area, All-Mid Illini Conference and team-MVP honors ... as a junior captain, hit .536 with six home runs, 27 doubles and a school-record 35 stolen bases ... also received all-state, all-area, All-Mid Illini Conference and team-MVP accolades ... helped East Peoria to the 2010 conference championship ... as a sophomore captain, batted .526 with four home runs, 15 doubles and 27 stolen bases ... earned second-team all-area, All-Mid Illini Conference and team-MVP honors ... helped the Raiders to the 2009 conference title ... as a freshman, hit .360 with two home runs and 25 stolen bases ... also a four-year member of the basketball team and two-time all-conference selection ... set the school record for most three-point field goals ... earned a spot on East Peoria's honor roll.
Personal:Born 9-4-92 in Peoria, Ill. ... son of Ron and Lisa Kelch ... has one sister, Katie ... father, Ron, coaches basketball at East Peoria Community High School ... uncle, Jim Kelch, is a broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds ... major: Physical Education