Illinois Takes Series Finale Over #16 Hoosiers
April 7, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball won its third Big Ten series in as many weekends, but had an NCAA-best 18-game winning streak snapped Sunday by Illinois. The Hoosiers (25-4, 8-1 Big Ten) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Fighting Illini (19-9, 2-4) in Game Three. IU has been victorious in 23 of the last 25 games.
Sophomore Aaron Slegers suffered his first loss of the season (5-1), the victim of a game-deciding unearned run. The Arizona native pitched five innings, striking out two, while allowing three (two earned) runs on seven hits and one walk. Freshman reliever Scott Effross gave Indiana a chance to complete the sweep, blanking Illinois for the final three frames.
The game was scoreless until the fourth frame when UI scored on a solo homerun and a sacrifice fly. It marked Illinois's first lead in the three-game series and Indiana's largest home deficit this season.
The Hoosiers erased that margin in the fifth, however, with a Nick Ramos two-run homer that batted in Chad Clark. Ramos lifted a belt-high fastball over the right field wall for his first career long-ball.
Indiana turned two double plays on the day, but it was a botched potential third twin killing which allowed Illinois to score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. An errant throw ruined the double play opportunity and opened the door for Brandon Hohl's second sac fly of the game later in the frame.
The Hoosiers are back in action Tuesday (Apr. 9) at Evansville. First pitch between Indiana and the Purple Aces (14-18) is slated for 6 pm CT/7 pm ET. The team then returns home for a unique weekend series with the Butler Bulldogs (Apr. 19-21) where two games are played in Bloomington and the final takes place in Indianapolis.
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