No. 11 Illinois swept Purdue with a tight 2-1 win on Monday night, tying the longest active winning streak in the nation with 10 straight victories. Junior Tyler Jay (5-1) delivered four strikeouts in four shutout innings to seal UI's second straight sweep after junior Jason Goldstein scored the go-ahead run in the seventh.
Redshirt-senior Reid Roper legged out a triple for the second straight game to lead off the fourth. Sophomore Pat McInerney plated him with an RBI groundout to the shortstop to even the contest.
Starter John Kravetz was solid with four strikeouts in five innings. Jay was dominant in relief, only allowing one base runner who was erased by a double play in the seventh. He punched out the first two in the ninth before ending UI's fifth one-run win with a fly out to center.
Jay lowered his ERA to 0.71, which moved him ahead of teammate Kevin Duchene (0.75 ERA) for second-lowest in the nation.
No. 11 Illinois is back in action on Tuesday at Illinois State at 4:30 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field.