The Illini jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead Wednesday night over the Redbirds of ISU, but were defeated after ISU put up 16 unanswered runs. The Illini jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning, when senior Willie Argo stole third and received his 84th career steal, breaking the Illinois career steal record, a record that had been standing since 1983. Unfortunately for the Illini it was not enough.
Illinois added two more runs in the top of the third inning but it was all Redbirds after that. ISU responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third, and followed that by scoring six the next inning, including a grand slam hit by Kevin Tokarski which gave them an 8-7 lead. They never looked back after that scoring three more in the 6th and five more in the 7th innings.
The Redbirds were lead by Tokarski who had seven RBIs including his grand slam, Eric Aguilera who went 3-4 and Bryan Huff who went 2-3, both Aguilera and Huff with three runs scored. The Illini couldn’t rally late as they only had three hits after the third inning.
They will look to rebound tonight against Bradley and will then come home for their first three game set of the season on their home turf against Mississippi Valley State.