Illinois edges IU, 2-1

Illinois snapped Indiana's 10-game Big Ten winning streak Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Illinois Field. The Hoosiers and Illini will square off Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in the rubber game of the three-game series. IU is in first place in Big Ten play with a 12-2 record and the Illini are two games back with a 10-4 record. Brian Korte will be on the hill for IU Sunday.

The Indiana baseball team scored one run in the top of the second Saturday afternoon on a sacrifice fly by Tim O'Conner.

The Illini answered with two in the bottom of the second off IU starter Christian Morris.

And that was it for the scoring.

Illinois snapped IU's 10-game Big Ten winning streak Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Hoosiers at Illinois Field.

IU dropped to 26-12 overall and 12-2 in Big Ten play. The Illini improve to 23-16 and 10-4 in conference. Illinois is in second place behind the Hoosiers.

Indiana had its chances in the late innings to rally.

With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Will Nolden came to the plate with a runner at third. But he struck out to end the inning.

In the ninth, freshman Austin Cangelosi scratched out an infield hit and moved to second when Casey Rodrigue was hit by a pitch. IU appeared to be in the perfect spot with Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis as the next two batters.

But both were retired including Travis on a deep fly back out to the warning track for out No. 3.

IU senior Brian Korte from North Bend, Ohio will go for the Hoosiers Sunday in the series finale scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET first pitch. Korte has made three starts this season but has yet to have a decision. This will be his second consecutive Big Ten start as he started against Michigan State last weekend.

IU will be looking for its fifth consecutive series victory in Big Ten play this season on Sunday. IU took two out of three from Michigan before sweeping Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State. The Hoosiers and Illini are even at one game each going into Sunday. The Hoosiers won the series opener on Friday night, 9-3.


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