Center fielder Willie Argo broke the single-season stolen base record when he swiped his 41st base of the year in the fifth inning.
May 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Illinois drew even with Indiana by scoring a pair of runs in the third inning but the Hoosiers scored 14 runs in their final six times at the plate to pull away for a 16-6 win over the Illini Saturday at Sembower Field. Center fielder Willie Argo broke the school record for stolen bases in a season with his swipe of second base in the fifth inning and second baseman Christian Cummins was 2-for-4 with a run.
The loss ends Illinois' season with a 26-26 record, 10-14 in the Big Ten, and marks the first time since 2004 that the Illini haven't reached the Big Ten Tournament.
"We continued to fight and ran hard on the bases today, and we made a lot of progress this season," Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb said. "These obviously aren't the results we wanted, but a lot of young players have made good strides throughout the year."
Illini starter Kevin Manson gave up back-to-back leadoff walks in the bottom of the first and, after a single loaded the bases, both runners from the free passes scored when a ground ball scooted under the glove of shortstop Josh Parr for a 2-0 Indiana lead.
But Illinois got both runs back in the third when Cummins knocked a one-out single to center and shortstop Josh Parr walked. Argo singled to right field, driving in Cummins, and Lutes moved both runners up with a grounder to first base. Parr then scampered home when a pitch went through the legs of Hoosier catcher Dylan Swift, tying the game 2-2.
Indiana responded with a four-run third inning, including three doubles, to grab a 6-2 lead. The Hoosiers tacked on four more in the fourth on five hits, including a homer and a triple, to go up 10-2.
Illinois kept plugging away in the sixth after left fielder Casey McMurray led off the inning with a homer to center field, his sixth of the year. DH Thomas Shelton shot a single up the middle and right fielder Pete Cappetta homered off the scoreboard in right-center, his second of the series, to cut the Hoosier lead to 10-5.
But Indiana bounced back with a pair of runs in the sixth on a walk, a steal, a fly-out, an error and an RBI double to go up 12-5. Lutes smacked a leadoff home run in the seventh, cutting the Hoosier lead to 12-6.
The Illini looked to have something going in the eighth when catcher Adam Davis started the inning with a single and third baseman Brandon Hohl was hit by a pitch. After an out, Parr was hit by a pitch from reliever Chris Squires, loading the bases. Argo lifted a shallow sinking liner to left, which Indiana left fielder Alex Dickerson gloved and threw to second base to double off Hohl, who had strayed too far off the bag, to end the inning with the Hoosiers holding onto their 12-6 lead.
Indiana added four runs on three hits and an error in the eighth inning to make its advantage 16-6. The Illini weren't able to do any damage in the ninth as they fell by that score.
Cummins was 2-for-4 with a run, while Cappetta hit his second homer of the series, a two-run bomb in the sixth. All nine Illini starters had a hit in the game, but only Cummins managed multiple hits.