Baseball can't stop Indiana's run
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois baseball team outhit Indiana on Friday but couldn’t stop the No. 16 Hoosiers from extending their nation-best winning streak to 17 games in a 3-2 loss.
Illinois starter Kevin Johnson settled down after a shaky first two innings to throw a complete game. Johnson (4-2) did not walk a batter and struck out five while giving up four hits, two of which were solo home runs.
Indiana (24-3, 7-0 Big Ten) led 3-0 after two innings, but the Illini managed to cut their deficit to 3-2 when Justin Parr (1 for 4) doubled in Will Krug (1 for 2, RBI) in the top of the eighth inning. Thomas Lindauer and Brandon Hohl each went 2 for 4 for Illinois (18-8, 1-3), but it wasn’t enough.
“It was a very good college baseball game, which is what I expected coming into this series,” UI coach Dan Hartleb said. “Kevin did a very good job tonight, and we had the opportunities to get back in it but couldn’t come up with the big two-out hits. In tight games like this, you need to move leadoff runners, so we needed to take advantage of those but did not.”
Softball team no-hit. Illinois had 11 base runners but could not produce a hit in an 8-0 loss at Northwestern that took five innings.
The Illini (11-19, 1-6 Big Ten) suffered their third straight loss — and seventh defeat in their last eight games — against Northwestern pitcher Amy Letourneau.
Letourneau walked eight batters but struck out eight in throwing the no-hitter.
Illinois’ Jessica Davis walked three times in all three of her plate appearances and Jess Perkins walked twice.
Four errors did not help matters for Illinois pitcher Shelese Arnold. Arnold (5-8) gave up nine hits and walked three while striking out three, but only four of the eight runs she allowed to the Wildcats (17-14, 3-3) were earned.