The Redbirds have now won two MVC titles in four seasons.
A win Saturday will secure the first outright MVC title in Redbird baseball history.
Brock Stewart tied a career-best with five RBI in the win over the Aces.
Illinois State is now a season-best 11 games over .500.
The Redbirds are now 8-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
WJBC Recap - Baseball vs. Wichita State
Illinois State vs. Illinois held on March 27, 2012.
2012: Appeared in 16 games, making four starts ... went 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA ... threw 45.1 innings and struck out 32 batters ... worked two scoreless innings in relief, adding one strike out at Austin Peay (2/19) ... tallied his first victory of the season after throwing three scoreless innings, with a career-best five strikeouts at Southeast Missouri (3/3) ... earned a victory in relief against Illinois, working three scoreless innings with four strike outs (3/27) ... pitched two scoreless innings against Bradley (4/22) ... defeated Creighton with 4.2 innings of work, with three strike outs (5/24).
Wheaton Warrenville South High School: Two-year starter ... as a senior, amassed a 2.21 ERA and a 6-4 record through 69.1 innings pitched ... struck out 81 ... All-DuPage Valley Conference selection ... All-Area honoree ... named most valuable pitcher ... also was a two-year starter on the golf team.
Personal: Born 2-12-93 in Atlanta, Ga. ... son of John and Susann Rhoades ... has two siblings, Taylor and Ryan ... Taylor played baseball at Bowling Green ... major: Business Administration