Illini Baseball Team Win Streak at 20

May 01, 2015
University of Illinois baseball pitcher Kevin Duchene.

Illinois pitcher Kevin Duchene, on the mound against Ohio State.

(Fighting Illini Sports)

The No. 6 Illinois baseball team continued its school-record winning streak into the weekend at Ohio State, winning 8-1 Friday and coming back for a 6-5 victory Saturday.

On Saturday, Illinois scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to support the pitching of Drasen Johnson (7-2.)  Closer Tyler Jay got last seven outs for his ninth save.

Hitting starts included Adam Walton, Will Krug, and Ryne Roper.  

The 20-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in the NCAA and the second-longest this season behind Texas A&M (24.)  With Saturday's win, the Illini (39-6-1), maintained their No. 1 winning percentage in the NCAA (.859).  The 39 victories already rank seventh in the U of I's record book.

Kevin Duchene was the starting pitcher for the Illini on Friday's win, striking out seven Buckeye batters, while allowing just three hits and one run over eight innings.  Reliever Doug Hayes pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

Illinois was leading 4-0 after two innings, and gained their other four runs in the 6th inning.

Every batter on the Illinois starting lineup made a hit, with two each from Adam Walton, Ryan Nagle, David Kerian and Ryne Roper. The Illini had a total of 13 hits in the game.  

Ohio State's only run came in the 5th inning. Craig Nenning hit a triple to push single-hitting Jordan McDonough to home plate.

After Jordan McDonough reached base on a bloop single to right, Craig Nennig pushed him around home plate with a triple down the right field line.

Illinois is now 15-1 in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State falls to 31-12 overall and 12-5 in Big Ten play.

No. 6 Illinois goes for the sweep at Columbus, OH with a 12:05 pm start Sunday.

Story source: WILL