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No. 12 Illinois (26-6-1) is off to its best start in school history and extended its season-long winning streak to seven games with a 7-2 victory over Saint Louis (21-11) on Wednesday. Starter Rob McDonnell picked up his fourth win and junior Ryan Nagle went 2-for-4 with three RBI, giving him a hit in a career-best 14 straight games.

 width=Junior Jason Goldstein smacked his seventh double in the past seven games to lead off the fourth.

Senior David Kerian saw his career-best 18-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-3 with a walk. He had notched a hit in every game since March 8 when he belted a game-winning home run at No. 10 Oklahoma State.

Ryne Roper and Will Krug added a pair of hits and a run apiece, Roper added an RBI.

McDonnell racked up seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings, walking no one and allowing five hits.

Illinois has won 14 of its last 16 games and boasts its first seven-game winning streak since the end of the 2014 season.

The 12th-ranked Illini will host a Saturday-Sunday-Monday series against Purdue this weekend with the final two games scheduled to be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

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