June 5, 2011; Fullerton, CA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans cheer after the Fighting Illini scored in the eighth inning of the Fullerton regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament against the Cal State Fullerton Titans at Goodwin Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Baseball: Reid Ropers Fuels Illini in Comeback Win Over Penn State

The Illinois Fighting Illini were able to finish their weekend sweep over the Penn State Nittany Lions after winning in comeback fashion on Sunday.

As it has been for the last thirty-three games, the hottest Illini hitter coming into Sunday’s match-up was senior Justin Parr.

Although the Illini won the game, Parr saw his school-record 33-game hitting streak snapped after he went 0-for-2. His 33-game hitting streak is the longest streak in the NCAA this season and third game were Parr hasn’t had at least one hit.

Penn State was on a roll early as they scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings.

In the top of the second, both of their runs came off of a Tyler Kendall single to center field. Their two runs in the third came from an Alex Farkes single to the right side.

However, the Illini would make a comeback late in the game.

After scoring a single run in the sixth, Illinois tied the game at four with three runs in the seventh inning. Two of their seventh inning runs came off of a Thomas Lindauer single and their other run off of a Jordan Parr single.

Then, in the bottom of the eighth, Reid Roper knocked a single up the middle that gave the Illini their 5-4 lead. Bryan Roberts would come in for the Illini and close out the game to seal the victory.

The winning pitcher for Illinois was Drasen Johnson. Johnson came in for John Kravetz in the eighth inning. In his only inning of work, he gave up no hits and struck out one batter.

The losing pitcher for Penn State was Ian Parvin. Parvin came in relief at the beginning of the eighth. He only gave up two hits, but one of them was Reid Roper’s game-winning hit.

After the game, head coach Dan Hartleb said:

We didn’t do anything very well today, but the bottom line is that we found a way to win. That shows we are a good team. When things don’t go well, our guys don’t give in or get frustrated. They battled back and got us a really good win.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 31-15 overall and 12-9 in the Big Ten this season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will play their final series of the regular season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They will play the Golden Gophers on May 16th, 17th, and 18th.

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Tags: Baseball Bryan Roberts Drasen Johnson Illinois Fighting Illini Justin Parr Penn State Nittany Lions Reid Roper Thomas Lindauer

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