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Penn State Rolls Illinois on Senior Day

Kellen Sarver and Jackson Raper all went deep on a hot Sunday afternoon at Illinois Field but the weekend series finale went in favor of Penn State 13-4 from Champaign as the Illini had its five-game winning streak snapped.


All four runs for the Illini came via the long ball. Sarver hit a solo home run in the second inning and Raper (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R) smacked a three-run shot in the fifth inning. Sarver's home run comes on the heels of a multi-home run game on Saturday night when he had a career-high six RBIs.


Penn State (17-23) used the long ball on their side with three home runs of their own. Curtis Robison had two home runs in the game. He hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the ninth inning. Cole Bartels hit the other homer in the second inning, a three-run blast to get the scoring started. They would never trail in the game.


RHP Riley Gowens (L, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 SO) did not have his best stuff on Sunday and Penn State was able to jump on him. The Illini used five pitchers out of the bullpen.


Illinois has hit 38 home runs in their last 29 games after only four home runs in their first 12 games.

The Illini won 9-0 Friday and 14-8 Saturday.


Illinois (21-20) will travel to Rutgers next weekend for their final series of the 2021 season.

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