After tying the series at a game a piece on Saturday, the Illinois Fighting Illini lost to the Michigan State Spartans, 4-3, in Sunday’s rubber match.
As it has been for the last thirty games, the hottest Illini hitter coming into Sunday’s match-up was senior Justin Parr.
Despite losing the game, Parr extended the nation’s best hitting streak to 31 games. He recorded two hits in four plate appearances. Parr now owns the NCAA’s longest hitting streak this season. The previous longest mark was set at 30 games by Oklahoma’s Matt Oberste.
The Fighting Illini went up early, but saw their lead vanish late.
Illinois was able to score runs in both the first and second inning.
Their first run came off of a Jordan Parr sacrifice fly to center field in the first inning while their second run came off of a Michael Hurwitz RBI single in the second inning.
Both teams would add one run apiece to give the Illini a 3-1 lead.
After an Illinois scoreless top of the eighth, the Spartans made their move, scoring three runs in the bottom half. All three runs came off of a Joel Fisher home run to left field.
The winning pitcher for Michigan State was Anthony Misiewicz. He recorded his fifth win of the season after pitching 2.0 innings of relief on Sunday. He didn’t give up a single run or hit during his time on the mound and struck out three batters.
The losing pitcher for Illinois was Bryan Roberts. Roberts only pitched 0.1 inning as he came in for Tyler Jay in the eighth inning. He gave up only one hit, but that hit was Fisher’s three run homer.
After the game, head coach Dan Hartleb said:
It was a tough loss. This was a really important game, so we have our work cut out for us down the stretch in the Big Ten.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 28-15 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten this season.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will play their next game against the Penn State Nittany Lions. They will play the Nittany Lions on May 10th, 11th, and 12th.
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