CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Despite an early lead, the Ohio State baseball team fell, 11-3, against Illinois Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 29-15 overall and 10-7 in Big Ten play, while the Illini improve to 27-15 overall and 11-6 in conference action. Up 3-0 after three innings, the Buckeyes allowed 11 unanswered runs as the Illini evened the series.
RUBBER MATCH GAME TIME MOVED UP
Due to predicted weather, the series finale Sunday against the Illini has been moved up to Noon ET due to predicted rain in the forecast in the early afternoon in Champaign.
– The Buckeyes got off to another great start against the Illini, scoring three times in the top of the second. With one out, Tyler Cowles walked and Andrew Fishel singled to set up Jacob Barnwell, who knocked a single to left center to make it 1-0. West pushed the lead to two runs when he connected on the first pitch he saw vs. right-handed starter Quinn Snarskis for a RBI single to right center. Canzone then helped the Buckeyes score a third run when he hustled down the line to break up a potential double play ball, allowing Barnwell to score.
– A misplay in left field and error at second base propelled an inning for the Illini and they took advantage of it, scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth vs. Ohio State starting pitcher Ryan Feltner to tie the game. Turchin single to left field to score Spillane for the first run. With the bases loaded, a hit by pitch and walk tied the game at 3-all.
– In the bottom of the fifth, Spillane hit his 17th homer of the year with an opposite field solo shot over the wall in right to give the home team its first lead of the game. A RBI double to left center by Jeff Korte made it a two-run deficit. Troike hit a solo homer in the sixth. The Illini tacked on a run in the seventh and eighth with sac flies to make it 9-3. Two RBI singles added a 10th and 11th run in the eighth.
– Feltner received the loss to drop to 4-3 overall in 2018. He worked 4.2 innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
– The OSU bats were quiet after the third inning only collecting three hits vs. the Illini. Snarskis improved to 5-1, throwing seven innings and gave up three runs on six hits with one strikeout and two walks.
– Foppe’s 26-game reached base streak was snapped today.
– Barnwell collected his ninth mufti-hit game of the season in a three-hit game.
– Michalik made his 85th career appearance today. He is ninth in Ohio State career appearances.
– Canzone extended his reached base streak to 11 games and hit streak to six contests.