The Illinois Fighting Illini saw their five game winning streak snapped on Saturday after losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-6, in extra innings.
The hottest Illini hitter coming into Saturday’s match-up was senior Justin Parr. Despite losing the game, Parr extended his hitting streak to 23 games. In five plate appearances, he recorded two hits and walked once. Parr now has the second-longest hitting streak in Illinois school history and is two games shy of Ryan Snowden’s school record of 25 games.
After getting a huge win to open the series on Friday night, the Illinois offense jumped out of the gate in the first inning with three runs. After getting the first and second batters of the game on base with walks, Jordan Parr and David Kerian were able to rack up two RBI singles to put the Illini up 3-0 early.
However, Ohio State scored runs in the first, second, and third innings to pull ahead by one run.
The rest of the game was back and forth between both teams, but Illinois was able to get a big run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at six a piece.
Although, the Buckeyes would win the game in extras. In the bottom of the tenth, Greg Solomon was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and was able to come around to score the game winning run on a RBI double by Brad Hallberg.
Illinois saw the complete opposite for their starting pitcher on Saturday compared to Kevin Johnson’s start on Friday. The Illini sent John Kravetz to the mound to start Saturday’s game and he only lasted 2.2 innings. During his time on Saturday, Kravetz gave up four runs on seven hits.
After the game, head coach Dan Hartleb said:
It was a fun college baseball game to watch but a tough one to lose. We dug ourselves into holes at certain times, but our guys competed well. We thought we could win the entire time, but they got the big hit and we didn’t.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 24-11 overall and 6-5 in the Big Ten this season.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will play game three against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. CST.
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