Freshmen led the Illinois baseball team to a series-clinching 5-3 win Sunday over Ohio State at Illinois Field. Cole Bellair threw 7.1 innings to earn the victory and Jack Yalowitz hit a three-run double in the seventh.
Bellair (2-2) scattered five hits, while allowing one run and striking out four. Only one base runner reached scoring position against Bellair, as the Buckeyes scored their lone run off the right-hander on a solo homer from Ronnie Dawson in the sixth. Bellair threw 90 pitches, 57 for strikes, to drop his season ERA to 2.79.
Yalowitz broke open the game with his double that one-hopped the right field wall in the seventh that plated Pat McInerney, who had singled, and Trent Hammond and Zack Kolakowski, who walked. Kolakowski started at short stop in place of Adam Walton, who snapped a streak of 134 straight starts at short dating back to 2014.
The Fighting Illini have the week off before Minnesota comes to Champaign for a three-games series Friday-Sunday.