Illinois takes down No. 19 Indiana in series opener


((BRET))WE’RE INTO THE HOME STRETCH OF THE REGULAR SEASON FOR THE ILLINOIS BASEBALL TEAM. THE ILLINI HAVE JUST NINE GAMES REMAINING — SIX OF THEM ARE VERSUS PURDUE AND MICHIGAN STATE — THEY HAVE A COMBINED RECORD OF 9-19 IN THE LEAGUE. BUT THE EASIEST WAY TO MOVE UP IN THE STANDINGS — BEAT TEAMS AHEAD OF YOU.AND THAT’S THE CASE THIS WEEKEND WITH 19TH-RANKED INDIANA IN TOWN — THE HOOSIERS SIT IN SECOND IN THE CONFERENCE STANDINGS — THE ILLINI ARE TIED FOR FIFTH –ANDY FISHER GETS THE ILLINI OFF TO A GREAT START WITH ONE HIS NINE STRIKEOUTS TO END THE SECOND INNING — EIGHT SCORELESS FRAMES FROM HIM AND THE OFFENSE HAD HIS BACK —RUNNERS AT THE CORENERS IN THE FIFTH — JEFF KORTE TO CENTER FIELD AND JACK YALOWITZ SCORES TO GET THEM ON THE BOARD —THEN IN THE 6TH, GRANT VAN SCOY WITH A DOUBLE TO LEFT — ONE RUN IS IN, CENTENNIAL GRAD KELLEN SARVER HUSTLES HOME 2-0 ILLINOIS TACKS ON TWO MORE AND WINS IT 4-0 — THEIR FOURTH WIN OVER A RANKED OPPONENT THIS SEASON DAN HARTLEB: “Well Andy Fisher did an outstanding job for us, he was in command all night, I don’t even know how many base runners he had but it wasn’t many. Pitchers go out and they give you that confidence that they’re gonna hold the other team at bay, it relaxes the hitters a little bit.”ANDY FISHER:”It seems like everytime we win the first game, we’ll end up winning two or three, so getting this win is absolutely huge.” SAME TWO TEAMS TOMORROW AT THREE LAST REGULAR SEASON SERIES FOR

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