Senior Brandon Hohl homered for the second time this season in a 7-3 loss to Indiana.
April 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Illinois tallied 10 hits and two home runs on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to get by the streaking 16th-ranked Hoosiers, as the Illini dropped game two of the series, 7-3. Junior Thomas Lindauer homered for a team-high fifth time this season, and senior Brandon Hohl went deep for the second-straight weekend with a two-run shot, accounting for all three Illini runs.
"It came down to two things today," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "We didn't hit with runners in scoring position and Indiana did. We also had that fifth inning where we didn't throw strikes and gave up four runs, which killed us. We are not hitting the ball very well right now and need to look to our approach at the plate."
The Illini struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-6 (.167), while Indiana took advantage of its opportunities, finishing 5-for-12 (.417) in that situation. The Hoosiers broke it open with a four-run fifth inning, capitalizing on four walks in the frame.
Indiana scored a run in each of the first two innings on a pair of 2-out RBI singles to left field. After being held scoreless in the first four innings, Lindauer cut the Illini's deficit in half with a solo home run to left field. The Moline, Ill., native became the first opposing player to homer at Bart Kaufman Field, Indiana's new ballpark, which opened in March.
A leadoff walk in the fifth started Indiana's big inning, which saw the Illini use three different pitchers. Sophomore starter John Kravetz (3-1) was tagged for all four runs in the frame after allowing two doubles, two walks and a sacrifice fly. Freshman Kevin Duchene relieved Kravetz with one out and walked a batter, gave up an RBI single and walked home a run, making it 6-1. Redshirt-sophomore Drasen Johnson replaced Duchene and got a double-play ball to end the stanza.
Illinois went down in order in the sixth and left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, while the Hoosiers notched their seventh run in the bottom half on an RBI double. Sophomore David Kerian led off the eighth with a single, and Hohl nearly hit the scoreboard in left field with his second home run of the season to make it a 7-3 contest. The Orange and Blue were unable to record another hit after the homer, as the final six batters got out to end the game.
The Hoosiers won their 18th game in a row, giving IU the longest active and longest overall winning streak in the NCAA this season. Indiana (25-3) leads the Big Ten at 8-0, while Illinois (18-9) fell to 1-4 in the conference.
Senior Justin Parr reached base four times and finished 3-for-4, which extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games. The Chillicothe, Ill., native leads the Illini with a .414 average and 14 multi-hit games.
Up Next: Illinois will play the final game of the series on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Freshman Ryan Castellanos will start for the first time as an Illini and face Indiana's Aaron Slegers.