The Illinois Fighting Illini were able to avoid a sweep on Sunday after they defeated the #16 Indiana Hoosiers, 3-2.
Indiana hadn’t lost a game since March 9th when they played the Florida Gators. Since then, they have posted a NCAA-best 18-game winning streak. The win by the Illini also gave Indiana their first Big Ten conference loss of the season.
The Fighting Illini might not have known who was going to start the series finale when the series began, but couldn’t have got a better performance out of freshman pitcher, Ryan Castellanos.
Castellanos pitched six innings and only had one bad point where he gave up a two-out, two-run home run that tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. He gave up five hits throughout his six innings, gave up zero walks, and got the win. Tyler Jay and Bryan Roberts came in for the seventh, eighth, and ninth in relief for the Illini.
When asked about Castellanos after the game, head coach Dan Hartleb said,
Ryan was outstanding in his first collegiate start. He was very calm out on the mound and threw three pitches for a strike.
Offensively, Illinois was led by Justin Parr and Brandon Hohl. Parr 4-for-4 and homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning to give the Illini their first lead of the series. Hohl went 0-for-2, but batted in two runs on sacrafice flies in the fourth and sixth innings.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 19-9 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten this season.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will play their next game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. They will play the Panthers on April 9th at 6:05 p.m. (CST).
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