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The University of Illinois baseball team won a pair of split-squad games against the New York Yankees Dominican Instructional League (DIL) teams on Monday. The games were played simultaneously at the Yankees' Academy Complex, with the Orange and Blue collecting a 9-6 win in game one and 4-1 victory in game two. UI is 3-0 to begin its weeklong trip to the Dominican Republic.

 width=In game 1, the Illini broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the seventh inning and tacked on three runs in the ninth to capture a 9-6 victory. Junior Nick Blackburn earned the win in relief of starter Tyler Jay, who struck out four in four innings and allowed two runs. Senior Reid Roper recorded the final four outs for the save after entering the contest with the bases loaded in the eighth and escaping the jam.

In game 2, sophomore Pat McInerney homered for the second day in a row and junior Ryan Castellanos tossed five scoreless innings in Illinois' 4-1 win against the Yankees DIL. McInerney smoked a two-run shot in the third and the Orange and Blue tacked on a run in the fourth and another in the eighth. Junior Andrew Mamlic earned the save with two scoreless stanzas.

Illinois will play a split-squad game against the Houston Astros Dominican Instructional League team today and visit an orphanage in the afternoon.

Information courtesy of fightingillini.com

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