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Illinois, Illinois State Drop Weekend Three Game Sets

Purdue scored an unearned run in the ninth inning Sunday for a walk-off 2-1 win over the Illinois baseball team and he Boilermakers completed a three-game sweep of Illinois.
A ground ball to third with a runner on second base and two outs in the ninth got under the glove of Trent Hammond to win it for Purdue (22-18, 9-6 Big Ten). It was Purdue's first Big Ten sweep since March 2013 at Penn State.
Purdue's Mike Kornacker (5.2 IP, 2 H) and Cameron Williams (1.2 IP, 2 H) shut out the Illini through the first seven innings. Illinois (15-22, 3-9 Big Ten) had opportunities to score in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings but stranded five base runners through the three-inning stretch.
Michael Massey extended his hitting streak to a season high nine games with a single in top of the seventh.
The Illini play Tuesday at Bradley before continuing Big Ten play next weekend at Minnesota.
>>Bradley Takes Rubber Match of Series With Illinois State
Luke Shadid's two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the rubber game of a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series, as Bradley earned an 8-6 win over Illinois State Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park.
Illinois State (11-27, 1-8 MVC) took advantage of four Bradley errors Sunday and led by three runs after the top of the sixth inning. The Braves tied it up in the bottom of the sixth, however, and then won it on Shadid's homer in the bottom of the eighth.  
Owen Miller went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI for Illinois State. Nick Zouras went 2-for-5, also with a pair of doubles.
The Redbirds return to action Tuesday when they host Western Illinois at Duffy Bass Field at 6 p.m. 

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