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Baseball team in NCAA tournament

June 1, 2019: Action between the Louisville Cardinals and Illinois State Redbirds in an NCAA Baseball Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, KY. Kevin Schultz/Illinois State Athletics

June 1, 2019: Action between the Louisville Cardinals and Illinois State Redbirds in an NCAA Baseball Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, KY. Kevin Schultz/Illinois State Athletics

For the fourth time in program history, the baseball team appeared in the NCAA Tournament in the spring. The team earned an at-large bid and advanced to the regional finals, finishing the season at 36 wins with a loss to Louisville.

“You can’t be more proud of this group and what they’ve accomplished in one calendar year. It’s amazing,” said head coach Steve Holm, who was MVC Dan Callahan Coach of the Year. Right fielder Joe Aeilts was MVC Joe Carter Player of the Year, with Brent Headrick the conference Pitcher of the Year.

Headrick, a junior from Joliet studying business administration, was chosen in the Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins. Center fielder John Rave was also drafted as a junior, and is joining the Kansas City Royals. The Bloomington native majored in international business.

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