After absolutely hitting the cover off of the ball in Friday’s game, the Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Purdue Boliermakers, 6-4, in comeback fashion on Saturday.
Illinois held a 3-2 lead after three innings, but saw that lead disappear in the sixth. After tying the game on a wild pitch in the fourth, the Boilermakers took a 4-3 lead after Stephen Talbott doubled to left in the sixth inning.
It wasn’t until the eighth inning when the Fighting Illini made their comeback move.
After base hits by the Parr brothers, Justin Parr was thrown out at third on a double steal attempt. After advancing to third on a Brandon Hohl fly out, Jordan Parr scored when David Kerian singled to left field tying the game at four.
It was then that Purdue made the move to the bullpen to bring in Tim McElroy. On McElroy’s second pitch of the game, Illinois’ Reid Roper belted a two-run home run to right field that gave the Illini a 6-4 lead.
In the ninth inning, Bryan Roberts came in from the bullpen and pitch a perfect inning and recorded the save.
When asked about Reid’s game-winner after the game, head coach Dan Hartleb said:
Reid has given us a lot these past two days. He has really scuffled over the past couple weeks, but has continued to work hard and always has a great attitude.
Reid was one of four Illinois players to record two hits in Saturday’s comeback win. The other players to do so included: Jordan Parr, David Kerian, and Davis Hendrickson.
Justin Parr also extended his career-high hitting streak to 19 games when she singled to leadoff the eighth inning.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 21-10 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten this season.
The Fighting Illini and Boilermakers will play their series finale on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (CST).
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