Parr, softball continue streaks
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Justin Parr kept his hitting streak intact.
That was about the only bit of good news for the Illinois baseball team Friday. The Illini suffered a 12-3 Big Ten loss against Michigan State as Parr extended his school-best hit streak to 29 games. The setback dropped Illinois (27-14, 8-8 Big Ten) into seventh place in the league.
Michigan State (25-13, 8-5) rocked starter Kevin Johnson for six first-inning runs. Johnson (6-3) only lasted one inning, matching the shortest outing of his career.
“That was the worst we’ve pitched all year,” Illinois coach Dan Hartleb said. “We threw a lot of balls over the middle of the plate.”
Parr (1 for 4) waited until his last at-bat before his hitting streak continued. His RBI single to center field with two outs in the top of the eighth inning scored Davis Hendrickson.
Another day, another win for Illini. Illinois took advantage of some sloppy fielding by Ohio State in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 6-4 win at Eichelberger Field.
“You hear coaches talk about ‘team wins’ a lot,” UI coach Terri Sullivan said. “I really don’t think there could be a better one that fits that description than (this) come-from-behind win.”
Illinois (21-25, 10-11 Big Ten) pushed its winning streak to 10 games with its latest triumph.
Kylie Johnson (2 for 4, RBI), Jess Perkins (1 for 2, two RBI) and Katie Repole (2 for 3, RBI) all helped out with their bats after Ohio State (32-20, 9-12) built a 4-0 lead after three innings.
Pepper Gay (12-15) threw a complete game, walking six and striking out four.