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    Illinois, Purdue Suspended Due to Rain in Fifth Inning

    May 16, 2001

    Columbus, Ohio - The University of Illinois Baseball team's opening round game at the Big Ten Tournament was suspended in the top of the fifth inning with a 4-1 score in favor of Illinois due to rain. The two teams will complete the game beginning at 10 a.m. eastern time Thursday morning.

    Illinois opened scoring in the third inning when Trevor Frederickson, who led off with a double, scored on Brady Ballard single up the middle. The Illini added two more off PU starter Ben Quick in the fourth when Andy Schutzenhofer led off with walk and scored one out later on a Patrick Arlis double. Arlis made the score 3-0 when he came in on Frederickson's second double of the day.

    After Purdue got a single run in the bottom of the fourth off Illini starter Andy Dickinson, Illinois' Chad Frk homered to left, his first of the year, to lead off the fifth. The game was suspended later that half inning with two outs, T.F. Meagher at first base and Luke Simmons at the plate.

    If Illinois wins the completion of the suspended game Illinois will play Minnesota Friday morning. If Illinois loses the completed game the Illini will turn around and play Penn State Thursday at 3:30 p.m. central time. In the only completed game of the day #3 Minnesota defeated #4 Penn State, 4-2.

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