Jones Wins 1200th As Illini Win In Final Inning
April 24, 2004
Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois baseball team got Head Coach Itch Jones his 1200th career win Saturday evening in defeating Indiana 3-2 at Illinois Field. The Illini didn't make it easy on themselves, as they waited until two outs in the bottom half of the seventh and final inning before Vince DiMaria saw a single get through the middle of the infield to drive in the winning run in the form of Drew Davidson, who had reached earlier in the inning on a walk.
The win moves Illinois to 15-20 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten. IU falls to 22-17 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten.
Indiana took a quick 1-0 lead when lead-off hitter Reggie Watson sent a solo shot over the left field wall in the first at bat of the game, but Illinois got it back in the bottomn half. Eric Eymann hit a one-out single up the middle, and Chad Frk followed with a single of his own to left to put runners at first and third for Chris Robinson. The Illini catcher answered with a double down the right field line that plated Eymann to tie the game at 1-1.
Indiana reclaimed the lead with an unearned run in the top of the fourth, but Illinois again answered right back in the bottom half. Robinson led off with his second double of the game, went to third on fly ball and scored when Ryan Rogowski saw a ground ball get through the right side of the infield for a hit.
Illini starter Tim Gorksi went the entire seven innings, improving to 4-0 on the year after allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. IU starter Chris Behrens got the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year, after allowing three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Illinois and Indiana conclude their four-game series Sunday with a single game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.