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Illini Sweep Doubleheader, Series vs. Penn State

Illinois State

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois baseball (14-12, 5-1) swept today’s doubleheader vs. Penn State (13-12, 1-5) at Illinois Field, completing a series sweep over the Nittany Lions.

The Illini have now won a season-high five-straight games and have won nine-straight Big Ten home games, dating back to last season.

On the day, the Orange and Blue slugged 11 home runs, six in game one and five in game two. The Illini scored double-digit runs in all both games and have done so in five-straight overall.

GAME 1 | Illinois 17, Penn State 6 (8 inn.)

The Illini overturned an early 6-0 deficit and erupted for 17 runs on 16 hits, including a season-high six home runs, earning the run-rule victory.

Brody Harding went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two home runs and four RBI. His three-run homer in the eighth capped a 10-run frame and ended the ballgame.

Korery Bunselmeyer picked up the win out of the bullpen, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two. Jake Rons tallied his second save of the season by working a scoreless eighth.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Penn State put runs on the board in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-0 lead.

Illinois began chipping away in the fifth, when Harding crushed a solo shot to right to make it 6-1. Camden Janik and Drake Westcott went back-to-back in the sixth with the duo crushing two-run and…

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