On Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, the Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 5-1, in route to their sixth straight win. With the win, the Fighting Illini have improved to 29-17 overall and 15-5 in the Big Ten (2nd place).
Illinois cracked the run column first in the second inning when Reid Roper hit a RBI single to left center. The Illini then added two more runs in the fifth off of an Iowa throwing error and a Kelly Norris-Jones double.
Iowa remained scoreless until the eighth inning and that was because of the work from Illinois starter John Kravetz.
Kravetz was pulled in the bottom of the eighth. He pitched 7.1 innings while giving up one run on six hits and struck out two Hawkeyes.
After the game, Illini head coach Dan Hartleb had this to say:
“We played a much better game today than we did yesterday. John was outstanding. He only ran into a little trouble in the eighth, then Ronnie came in and did a very, very good job.”
The Fighting Illini will play the finale of their three game series against the Hawkeyes tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. (CST).
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