On Friday afternoon in Lincoln, the Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the #28 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 5-1, after seeing their win streak get snap in game one of the series on Friday.
Illinois is now back into a tie for second place in the Big Ten with a 17-5 conference record.
After trailing 1-0 for most of the game, the Illini were able to take a commanding lead over the Huskers with consecutive scoring innings in the fifth, sixth, and seventh.
The big hit came in the top of the fifth when Adam Walton blasted a three run homer to left field to give the Fighting Illini a 3-1 lead. They then tacked on two more runs in the sixth and seventh off of singles by Will Krug and Reid Roper.
Illinois also got a strong outing from their starting pitcher Kevin Duchene on Saturday. Duchene lasted 6.0 innings where he gave up one run on four hits and struck out three Nebraska batters.
Illini head coach Dan Hartleb had this to say following the game:
“Offensively, we made a big adjustment from last night, so I’m really pleased with that group. We got one big hit then started smoking the ball around the park. The big hit came from Adam Walton. He drove that ball and we were able to tack a few on after that.”
The Fighting Illini will play the finale of their three game series against the Cornhuskers tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. (CST) to wrap up the end of the regular season.