Illini Top Mizzou 6-2 to Earn Braggin' Rights at Busch

Sophomore David Kerian's first career triple scored two runs and put the Illini up for good against Mizzou.
Sophomore David Kerian's first career triple scored two runs and put the Illini up for good against Mizzou.

April 2, 2013

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Illinois collected 11 hits and capitalized on five Mizzou errors on its way to a 6-2 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. The Illini earned Braggin' Rights at Busch for the first time against Missouri at the St. Louis Cardinals ballpark and topped MU for the first time since 1988. Sophomore David Kerian finished 2-for-4 and gave UI the lead for good with a two-run triple in the sixth.

"We pitched well and got some key hits tonight," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "The middle of our lineup was very good and got us the big three-run inning, which opened the gap up for us. This is a natural rivalry for us, and we are happy to get on the winning side of it."

The Orange and Blue used six different pitchers, who scattered seven hits and only allowed one earned run. Freshman Kevin Duchene picked up the win after tossing a scoreless fifth inning and improved to 4-0 on the year. Freshman Ryan Castellanos struck out three in three innings out of the bullpen after starter Rob McDonnell left with arm soreness. Drasen Johnson pitched a perfect sixth, Bryan Roberts threw scoreless stanzas in the seventh and eighth and Reid Roper saw an unearned run cross the plate in the ninth before closing it out.

Jordan Parr scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning when he stole third and scampered home once the throw got by the Mizzou third baseman. Castellanos relieved McDonnell in the second and needed just eight pitches to get through the inning. He followed it up with another perfect frame on nine pitches in the third, but let in a run on an RBI single in the fourth, which tied it up 1-1.

The Illini scored three runs in the top of the sixth to jump ahead 4-1. The Parr brothers started the inning with back-to-back singles and both scored on the first career triple by Kerian. A sacrifice fly by junior Thomas Lindauer brought home Kerian for the third run in the inning.

Illinois tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and ninth innings, securing the victory and snapping a six-game losing streak to Mizzou, which included losses in the previous two games at Busch Stadium in 2010 and 2012. Jordan Parr reached on an E5 with two outs in the seventh and scored Justin Parr, who singled and stole second and third. Senior Davis Hendrickson plated sophomore Will Krug on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.

Justin Parr (13 games) and Kerian (11 games) each extended their career-long hitting streaks after going 2-for-4, while sophomore Michael Hurwitz has hit in a career-high nine consecutive games after singling in his first at-bat.

Up Next: Illinois will head to Bloomington, Ind., for a three-game series against Big Ten leader Indiana from April 5-7.