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Branden Comia had a career-high four hits and four RBIs Tuesday and Garrett Acton tied Illinois' career saves record in the Illinois baseball team's 11-8 home opening win over Chicago State. Comia was a home run away from the cycle, as the Illini won for the fifth time in the last six games.

 

Comia doubled in the first, had an RBI single in the second, doubled in the fourth, and tripled in the fifth. He extended his career-long hitting streak to seven games and his career-long reached base streak to 15 games, while increasing his season average to .429 and slugging percentage to .800.

 

Illinois (6-4) scored five times in the first two innings but let Chicago State (2-11) hang around and eventually take a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning. Comia's fifth-inning triple scored two runs as part of a four-run frame to finally put the Illini in control. 

 

Acton finished up the Illini's first midweek game of the season with his fifth save in as many appearances. His 24 career saves are tied with Tyler Jay for the most in Illinois history. 

 

Caleb Larson (1-0) picked up his second career win by throwing 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen and allowing two runs on six hits. The Illini's 'pen, with help from Grant Leader (1.0 IP, 0 R) and Ryan Kutt (1.0 IP, 1 R), combined to throw 6 1/3 innings and allow three runs. 

 

Illinois is back in action this weekend for three games Friday-Sunday at Elon.

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