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Fighting Illini Get Past Coastal Carolina On The College Diamond In Champaign

In Champaign, Illinois on Tuesday, Branden Comia homered and the Illinois baseball team’s bullpen threw five shutout innings to lead the Illini to a 4-2 win over No. 19 Coastal Carolina.

The game was played in front of a national television audience on Big Ten Network. Illinois and Coastal have split two games this year ahead of Wednesday’s season rubber match.

Illinois, now (18-8) on the season, came alive in the first inning with four runs, including Comia’s homer.

Jack Yalowitz added an RBI groundout and Grant Van Scoy singled home a run with two outs and that was enough run support for the Illini.

Coastal Carolina is now (20-9-1) on the season after the setback. The team out of Conway, South Carolina was shut down by five Illini bullpen arms, each throwing one inning.

Josh Harris (1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 SO), Sean Leland (1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 SO), Quinten Sefcik (1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO), Ryan Schmitt (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) and Garrett Acton (1.0 IP, 0 H) combined to finish the

game and strike out eight in five innings. Harris gave Illinois its biggest inning on the mound after relieving starter Aidan Maldonado (4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R) with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Harris got a weak lineout followed by two strikeouts to end Coastal’s threat and keep the game 4-2. Garrett Acton worked the ninth for his ninth save of the season.

Illinois pitching limited Coastal to 3-21 (.143) with runners on and 0-9 (.000) with runners in scoring position. The Chanticleers left 11 runners on base.

The teams are back Wednesday at Illinois Field to finish the two-game midweek series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT.


• Illinois hosted Coastal Carolina for the first time ever.
• Illinois is 6-8 all-time against Coastal Carolina.
• Illinois pitcher Quinten Sefcik’s father, Jeff Sefcik, played first and third base for Coastal Carolina.
• Hitting streaks: Massey 11, Troike 6, Van Scoy 6
• Reached base streaks: Massey 11, Van Scoy 9
• Cam McDonald had two hits, the only Illini with multiple hits.
• Kellen Sarver snapped a 13-game hitting streak and seven-game reached base streak.
• The Illini Slugger, a foot long bacon wrapped hot dog, sold out in the first inning. More Illini Sluggers will be available Wednesday.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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