In Terre Haute, Indiana On Tuesday, the 25th ranked “Fighting Illini” baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision against Indiana State at Bob Warn Field.
(17-5) Illinois held a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth but (20-2) Indiana State answered with three runs on only one hit in the bottom half.
The Sycamores scored two runs on an error then another run on Clay Dungan’s two-out RBI single.
“We didn’t give ourselves an opportunity to win,” said head coach Dan Hartleb. “You just can’t do that against good teams.”
All three of Indiana State’s runs were unearned on a night when the Sycamores had only three hits. Illinois pitchers walked eight and hit two batters.
Illinois scored its lone run on a double to right center by Michael Massey in the sixth.
The Illini had three hits in the second inning and two in the sixth but were held hitless in the other seven frames.
Aidan Maldonado started for the Illini and shut out Indiana State for a career-high 4 2/3 innings while allowing one hit, walking six and striking out two.
Indiana State used a different pitcher in each of the first six innings before Tyler Ward earned a three-inning save.
Illinois is back on the diamond Friday at Iowa to open Big Ten play. “We have to put this behind us a be ready to go for the weekend,” said Hartleb.
• Illinois is ranked No. 25 by D1Baseball.com.
• Illinois has won 10 of its last 12 games.
• Indiana State is off to its best start in program history.
• Hitting streaks: Massey 7, Sarver 5
• Reached base streaks: Sarver 10, Massey 7, Van Scoy 5
• Cam McDonald snapped a seven-game hitting streak.
• Jeff Korte snapped a five-game hitting streak.
• Indiana State’s Roby Enriquez snapped a 17-game hitting streak.