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Mizzou Gets By Illinois

The Fighting Illini baseball team fell to Missouri in the 2022 Braggin' Rights game in Sauget, Illinois on Tuesday night, 11-7. 


Illinois recorded seven runs on 10 hits en route to their first Braggin' Rights loss since 2014. Both Ryan Hampe and Justin Janas homered in the game for the Illini.


Illinois (10-12) opened up the scoring in the second inning as sophomore infielder Brody Harding drove in outfielder Taylor Jackson on a two-out RBI single, his seventh RBI of the season. Missouri (14-7) responded with two runs in the second inning on a two-run home run, followed by another two runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead through the first three frames.


Missouri tacked on another two runs before the Illini responded in the top of the sixth as Ryan Hampe connected on a two-run opposite-field homer, his second of the season to cut the deficit to 6-3. The two teams continued to trade runs while the Tigers held on to a lead throughout the latter innings of the ballgame. Illinois was able to bring the tying run to the on-deck circle in the top of the ninth inning, but the comeback effort ultimately fell short.


Up next, the Illini will host Purdue for the first home Big Ten series of the season. The first game of the series will begin at 6 p.m. CT on Friday evening.

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