On Friday, the Illinois Fighting Illini’s Big Ten Title hopes were crushed after losing to the Michigan State Spartans, 11-2. This was just second time MSU defeated the Illini in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.
Illinois jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third inning.
After six, the Illini led the Spartans, 2-1. However, the Spartan bats when off in the last three innings to demolish the Orange & Blue.
Michigan State scored a total of ten runs during the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.
Illinois also got a nice outing from their starting pitcher John Kravetz. He lasted 6.2 innings where he gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out six Michigan State batters.
Kravetz was pulled in the seventh inning after giving up the tying run with two outs. Ronnie Muck came in for Kravetz and got out of the inning. However, he gave up all of MSU’s five runs in the eighth and was pulled without recording an out in the inning.
Illini head coach Dan Hartleb had this to say following the game:
“It was a tough day. We struggled late on the mound and the game just got away from us. That is part of baseball, and obviously, it was disappointing. We had opportunities on offense, but didn’t take advantage of them which let them hang around.”
The Fighting Illini now have to wait to find out about their postseason fate. The NCAA Selection Show will be on Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.