June 5, 2011; Fullerton, CA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini infielder Brandon Hohl (3) is congratulated after scoring a run during the eighth inning against the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the Fullerton regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Goodwin Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Baseball: Illini Use Early Offense to Beat Minnesota, 4-3

The Illinois Fighting Illini were able to beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 4-3, in game two of their three game series on Friday.

After a second inning where both teams would score a run, the Illini took an early advantage in the third. They added two runs; one on a Thomas Lindauer RBI double and another on a throwing error by Minnesota on the next play.

The only other scoring would come in the fifth inning.

Illinois would add a run on a Michael Hurwitz RBI double in the top of the fifth while Minnesota would add a run on a RBI single by Andy Henkemeyer in the bottom half.

Although he didn’t get the win,starter Ryan Castellanos pitched a nice game for the Fighting Illini.

The young freshman lasted 4.2 innings where he gave up two runs on six hits and struck out five Golden Gophers.

The winning pitcher for Illinois was Drasen Johnson. Johnson came in for J.D. Nielsen in the fifth inning. He pitched 2.1 innings while only giving up a single hit.

The losing pitcher for Minnesota was Alec Crawford. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up four runs (only two earned) on six hits.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are now 33-15 overall and 14-9 in the Big Ten this season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will play their final game of the regular season against the Golden Gophers on Saturday.

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Tags: Alec Crawford Andy Henkemeyer Baseball Drasen Johnson Illinois Fighting Illini Michael Hurwitz Minnesota Golden Gophers Ryan Castellanos Thomas Lindauer

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