The Illinois Fighting Illini were able to push their winning streak to ten games by beating the Ohio State Buckeyes, 6-4, on Friday.
The offense started out slow for both teams, but the Buckeyes led 4-1 after a big fourth inning. OSU scored three runs in the fourth off of a 3-run homer to right field by Cammi Prantl.
The Illini offense would awaken from that point on.
After scoring a single run in their half of the fourth, Illinois added two more in to fifth to tie the game at 3-3. Both runs came when Jess Perkins singled to score Alex Booker and Kylie Johnson. With Perkins on second base, Remeny Perez would strike out to end the inning.
It was the sixth inning where the Fighting Illini made their biggest impact offensively.
The sixth started out sloppy for the Buckeyes as Jessica Davis reached on a throwing error to start the inning. Then, she would score two batters later via a muffed throw on a Jenna Mychko sacrifice bunt. On the next at bat, Illinois would score another run as Allie Bauch would score on a drop third stirke by Perez.
The final run of the sixth inning came after the drop third strike when Johnson singled to the shortstop scoring Mychko.
The winning pitcher for Illinois was Pepper Gay. Gay recorded her 12th win of the season after throwing her second straight complete game. During her seven innings of work, she gave up four runs on five hits, but walked six batters.
The losing pitcher for Ohio State was Alex DiDomenico. She pitched five innings and was pulled from the game two batters into the sixth inning. DiDomenico was responsible for five runs and gave up five hits. Her brightest spot of the game was her ten total strikeouts.
After the game, head coach Terri Sullivan said:
You hear coaches talk about ‘team wins’ a lot. I really don’t think there could be a better one that fits that description than tonight’s come-from-behind win. Again, the little things that our team is doing are so significant.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 21-25 overall and 10-11 in the Big Ten this season.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will play their next game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. They will look to advance their position in the Big Ten standings before the conference tournament.
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