Illinois squared up OSU's Justin Campbell all day, hitting it hard all over the yard. The Illini have surprised many here in Frisco and in the college baseball world beating previously undefeated #13 Texas A&M and, now, a solid Oklahoma State team.
A windy day meant anything hit well in the air had a chance to go out and we had two home runs that didn't look like they'd make it out. The first one by OSU SS Hueston Morrill gave them their only run in the 1st inning. Later on in the 3rd, Illinois SS Brandon Comia continued his torrid stretch here in Frisco and hit one to the deepest part of the park to give Illinois the lead that they didn't relinquish.
Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb mentioned in the press conference after Friday night's game that his team has steadily improved at eliminating errors from last weekend, but this weekend they also brought some stellar defensive plays.
OSU came back and made things interesting in the bottom of the 9th inning. They had runners on 2nd and 3rd when a balk by Illinois scored the runner from 3rd. Luckily for Illinois, their star closer came in and quieted the OSU bats with two quick outs.
Illinois comes back to play UCLA on Sunday at 11am. Oklahoma State will play Texas A&M Sunday at 3pm.