Shawn Roof's two-run inside-the-park home run gave the Illini the lead for good in a 7-2 win over the alumni.
Sept. 11, 2005
Champaign, Ill. - Illinois fell behind early to the alumni team but used a big third inning to win the annual alumni game 7-2 in front of 204 fans at Illinois Field.
The alumni got on the board first with a run in the first inning when shortstop T.F. Meagher singled to center, advanced to third on a fielding error by Illini centerfielder Nick Stockwell and scored on Doug Irwin's base hit to left field.
But the Illini responded, tying the game in the second when Chase Kliment doubled to left field and later scored on Aaron Ifft's groundout. Illinois then took control of the game, scoring three in the third and two more in the fourth inning for a 6-1 lead.
Shawn Roof knocked a two-run inside-the-park home run to right-center in the third inning and Mike Rohde made his way around the bases on a two-base error by leftfielder T.J. Jackson and a two-base throwing error by third baseman Chad Frk. The Illini added another pair in the fourth off consecutive triples by Ryan Hastings and Nick Stockwell and a sacrifice fly by Danny Schroeder to stretch the lead to 6-1.
The alumni managed another run in the fifth as Dave Payton led off the inning with a first-pitch double down the left-field line, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Patrick Arlis.
Illinois added a final run in the sixth inning when Nick Stockwell walked, moved to second on a wild pitch by Dave Mazurek and scored on Danny Schroeder's base hit up the middle to increase the Illini lead to 7-2.
Trevor Huisinga and Chase Kliment led the Illini offense, each going 2-for-3. Roof was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI, and Nick Stockwell was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Brian Blomquist started for the Illini and went two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Aaron Saving pitched two innings, allowing one hit but facing only six batters thanks to a double play.
Patrick Arlis won the alumni home run derby with two bombs in the third round. Arlis, Chad Frk, Rob Sullivan and Dusty Bensko all advanced to the second round after each hitting one homer in the first round. Arlis, Frk and Bensko each hit one more in the second round before Arlis hit two in the third.
Illinois has two more weeks of fall practice, wrapping up workouts on Sept. 27.