Illinois fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 15-6 loss to Kentucky on Saturday.
Despite the loss, Illinois did collect seven hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Kentucky had 13 hits on the way to victory.
Kentucky fired up the offense in the first inning, when William Alexander drew a walk, scoring one run.
Illinois put up four runs in the fourth inning. Nic Lissuzzo, Jack Paris, Luke Hickey, and A.J. Kilburg all drove in runs in the inning.
Kentucky scored nine runs in the second inning. The big inning for Kentucky came thanks to an error on a ball put in play by Luke Idlett, Matthew Escalera, and Luke, a triple by Evan Schallert, a single by William, a sacrifice fly by Jackson Idlett, a groundout by Nick Simpson, and a fielder’s choice by Grayson Newman.
Evan got the win for Kentucky . He surrendered one run on two hits over one inning, walking one. A number of pitchers entered the game as relief, with William, Chaze Huff, Jameson Napper, and Luke all securing outs and ultimately the victory.
Ethan Niewoehner took the loss for Illinois. He allowed four hits and eight runs over one inning, striking out one.
Illinois collected seven hits on the day. A.J. and Luke each collected multiple hits for Illinois. Luke and A.J. all had two hits to lead Illinois.
Kentucky racked up 13 hits in the game. Harrison Yates, Jameson, Evan, and William all collected multiple hits for Kentucky.
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