The No. 25 Illinois baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision Tuesday to Indiana State at Bob Warn Field.
Illinois (17-5) held a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth but Indiana State (20-2) answered with three runs on only one hit in the bottom half. The Sycamores scored two runs on an error then another run on Clay Dungan's two-out RBI single.
All three of Indiana State's runs were unearned on a night when the Sycamores had only three hits. Illinois pitchers walked eight and hit two batters.
Illinois scored its lone run on a double to right center by Michael Massey in the sixth. The Illini had three hits in the second inning and two in the sixth but were held hitless in the other seven frames.
Aidan Maldonado started for the Illini and shut out Indiana State for a career-high 4 2/3 innings while allowing one hit, walking six and striking out two. Indiana State used a different pitcher in each of the first six innings before Tyler Ward earned a three-inning save.
Illinois is back on the diamond Friday at Iowa to open Big Ten play.