CHAMPAIGN — So much for the positive vibes from a two-game midweek sweep of Coastal Carolina.
The Illinois baseball team's struggles in Big Ten play continued Friday night, with the Illini watching a late lead slip through their fingers in a 4-2 loss to Maryland at Illinois Field.
"We let one get away from us," coach Dan Hartleb said after Illinois (19-9, 0-4 Big Ten) wasted an excellent outing from starter Andy Fisher.
Fisher was tossing a one-hitter through eight innings before the Terrapins (14-14, 2-2) got hits on the first two pitches of the ninth.
Maryland chased Fisher with one out in the ninth, having brought across a run on a squeeze bunt, and scored three more runs with closer Garrett Acton (1-1) in the game. Caleb Walls tied the game on another squeze play, and the Terrapins took the lead for good on a two-run wild pitch.
Grant Van Scoy and Jeff Korte each had two hits for Illinois.
UI recruit falls. Future Illini Kofi Cockburn and Oak Hill (Va.) Academy had a chance to reach the title game of the GEICO High School Nationals on Friday afternoon.
But, Cam Thomas' go-ahead three-pointer missed long and the ninth-seeded Warriors were eliminated with a 58-57 semifinal loss to top-seeded La Lumiere (Ind.) in Queens, N.Y. Oak Hill, which led 30-26 at halftime, were outscored 18-12 in the third quarter.
Cockburn, an Illinois commit for the 2019 class, posted six points, 11 rebounds and two steals in the loss.
In women's gymnastics
Illini bow out. Despite posting its second-highest score of the season, Illinois wasn't able to advance to the final round of the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Friday night.
The Illini, who netted a score of 196.175, finished third in the regional semifinal at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., behind No. 2 UCLA (197.675) and No. 14 Nebraska (196.625).