Illini to Host Southern Illinois on Tuesday

Jordan Parr and the Illini will play Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. at Illinois Field.
Jordan Parr and the Illini will play Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. at Illinois Field.

April 29, 2013

 Illinois (26-13) vs. Southern Illinois (20-23)
 Game Time Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 6:05 p.m.
 Location Illinois Field | Champaign, Ill.
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 Game Notes Illinois | SIU
 Pitching Matchup ILL: J.D. Nielsen (LHP, Fr., 0-0, 6.75 ERA)
SIU: Brad Drust (LHP, r-Jr., 3-2, 5.16 ERA)
 Series History Southern Illinois leads 31-27
 Season Series Illinois leads 3-0
 Streak Won 3
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 Preview Interviews Coach Hartleb | Justin Parr | Kevin Johnson

Illinois Is...
...3-0 vs. Southern Illinois in 2013
...No. 35 in Boyd's World RPI, second-best in the Big Ten averaging 6.7 runs & 10.9 hits per game this season
...20th in SBs (84) & 22nd in average (.304) in the NCAA

Tuesday's Game vs. SIU Salukis
Pre-Game Notes: After winning the series against Northwestern over the weekend, Illinois will remain at home when it faces Southern Illinois at Illinois Field on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. Illini freshman J.D. Nielsen (0-0, 6.75 ERA) will make his first career start, while the Salukis will send Brad Drust (3-2, 5.16 ERA) to the hill. UI will look to sweep the season series with SIU after going 3-0 against them earlier this year.

Series History vs. SIU: The Illini swept the Salukis during their Spring Trip this season, but SIU leads the all-time series 31-27. Illinois won the opener, 4-1, behind eight scoreless innings from senior Kevin Johnson in Carbondale (3/15). In game two at Abe Martin Field (3/16), UI earned an extra-inning victory behind excellent pitching from its bullpen, defeating SIU 7-5 after scoring three runs in the 10th. Fifth-year senior Bryan Roberts notched his first win in his first appearance on the season after getting a key strikeout to force extra innings. After a rain out turned it into a three-game series, Illinois won its third extra-inning game of the year thanks to a pair of clutch pinch-hit RBI singles, as the Illini came back to defeat SIU, 2-1, in 10 innings at Rent One Park (3/18). Roberts earned his second win in a row and redshirt-sophomore Reid Roper picked up the save in the second-straight 10-inning game against SIU.

Streak Watch
27-Game Hit Streak: Senior Justin Parr owns the longest active hitting streak in the NCAA and second-longest mark in the nation in 2013, trailing only Oklahoma's Matt Oberste (30 games). Parr broke Illinois' hitting streak school record when he tallied a hit in his 26th consecutive game with an infield single vs. Northwestern (4/27) and later added a home run. He tied Ryan Snowden's previous top mark of 25 games with a single in the ninth inning vs. Northwestern (4/26). The Chillicothe, Ill., native has recorded a hit in every game starting with the doubleheader at Baylor on March 9 and has recorded multiple hits in over half of the 27 games. He has tallied 13 games with one hit, nine games with two hits, two games with three hits and three games with four hits, which included a cycle. He has hit all of his career-high five home runs during the streak. Parr is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA and leads the Big Ten in average (.431) and No. 8 in the nation in hits (72), which leads the conference.

Top Hitting Streaks in NCAA in 2013
1. Matt Oberste (OU) 30 games (2/15/13-3/30/13)
2. Justin Parr (UI) 27 games (3/9/13-present)