Jordan de los Reyes' two home runs were not enough, as ISU left a season-high 13 runners on base.
The victory vaulted ISU to a 2-3 finish at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
ISU's second game against South Florida was suspended due to rain in the fourth inning, and will be completed on Saturday.
Four of ISU's five losses this season have come against top-10 teams.
The Redbirds continue their 2014 non-conference slate with five games at the ASU Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 14-16.
Normal Community West HS: Four-year starter for former Redbird April Scherman at Normal Community West...two-time all-state selection...four-time all-conference choice, including Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2013...hit .492 and stole 25 bases in 25 attempts as a junior in 2012...led Wildcats to regional and sectional titles with 26-12 record...hit .402 and collected 43 hits as a sophomore in 2011...hit .330 with 43 runs scored as a freshman in 2010...team went on a 32-game winning streak on its way to a 32-1 overall record...member of 2012 Illinois State Champion Midland Magic Gold '95 ASA summer team, coached by her father, Ed.
Personal: Born: June 20, 1995...Parents: Ed and Alyce...both went to Illinois State...Ed played baseball for the Redbirds...Siblings: Nick, Kate and Liz, all older...Nick played baseball at Truman State, while Liz played volleyball at Presbyterian College...Major: speech pathology.