On Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, the Illinois Fighting Illini dropped their regular season finale to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 7-4, in extra innings.
The Illini were able to get their offense going early as they scored one run in each of the first three innings.
Illinois led Nebraska 4-2 after five, but the Cornhuskers were able to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Tanner Lubach drove in one of two runs on an RBIsingle. Then, Illinois let the tying run score on a balk by Tyler Jay.
The game stayed tied at four until the bottom of the tenth. It was then that the Cornhuskers were able to win the game on a walk off homer by Pat Kelly.
Illini head coach Dan Hartleb had this to say following the game:
“It was a tough one to swallow. Our kids did a lot of things well, but that’s the way baseball goes sometimes. We had opportunities to push even more across, but we just need to shake this one off and move forward.”
The Fighting Illini will play next on May 21st in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois earned the 3rd seed in the tournament and will play the 6th seeded Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. (CST).
And let’s hope the Illini can take the Huskers during the fall! Grab your Illinois vs. Nebraska football tickets today!