April 21, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Ohio State baseball team fell to Illinois, 8-3, Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field. The Buckeyes fall to 21-18 on the season, 6-8 in the Big Ten, while the Fighting Illini improve to 22-16, 5-6 in conference play.
Illinois took the lead in the top of the second against Ohio State starter Brian King when Jordan Parr doubled to left-center to lead off the inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right by Will Krug.
Ohio State responded with three in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Mike Carroll doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning and Patrick Porter singled to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Ryan Cypret followed with an RBI double, Aaron Gretz plated Porter with an RBI groundout and Kirby Pellant capped off the inning with an RBI triple down the right field line.
After Illinois cut the lead to one on a sacrifice fly by Davis Hendrickson in the bottom of the fourth, the Fighting Illini tied it on a two-out RBI single by Parr off Ohio State reliever Brett McKinney in the bottom of the fifth.
Illinois then took the 5-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of two-out RBI singles by Thomas Lindauer and Willie Argo.
In the meantime, Illinois starter John Kravetz settled down to pitch a scoreless fifth and sixth before giving way to Matt Milroy, who also tossed a pair of scoreless frames.
The Fighting Illini plated three more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a pair on a two-out single by Parr, to push the lead to 8-3 before left-hander Luke Joyce came on to retire the Buckeyes in the ninth.
Cypret went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run score while Pellant finished 1-for-4 with an RBI triple.
Parr went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for Illinois.
The Buckeyes and Fighting Illini close the three-game set at 2:05 p.m. ET Sunday.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2