Yesterday, the Fighting Illini found themselves down 5-0 after an inning and a half. Illinois State First Baseman Zac Johnson hit a two run homerun in the first, but the bullpen came back to give the team a chance to win. Drasen Johnson came in and provided 5 and 1/3 scoreless innings. Overall the bullpen pitched 7 and 2/3 scoreless innings, and opened the door for the Illini offense.
Willie Argo went 2-4 and had three RBIs and a run and despite his poor pitching performance in the first, Reid Roper stayed in the game as a DH and went 3-4 with an RBI and a run. Willie Argo, Justin Parr, and Brandon Hohl put together a string of singles, all part of a three run 6th inning that gave the Illini the lead and the eventual win, Coach Hartleb’s 200th of his career.
It was more of the same today as the Illini put up runs late towards the end of the game to defeat Eastern Illinois University 5-2. Josh Ferry pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits and gave most of the Illini bullpen a much deserved rest. Illinois scored three insurance runs in the 8th inning that proved to be crucial because Eastern Illinois put up two in the 9th which would have tied the game. Justin and Jordan Parr lead the Illini offense with a combined three hits, three RBIs and one run scored.
Next up the Illini face the Ohio State Buckeyes in a three game set at home, starting on Friday.