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Illinois Falls to Northwestern in Sunday Series Finale

Illinois (13-15, 3-6) fell in its series finale to Northwestern (5-21, 3-3) in Sunday's at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park.


In a 4-4 game in the eighth, the Wildcats hit a go-ahead three-run home run, which proved to be the game winner in the contest, as the Illini were unable to score in the ninth.


Illinois jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Camden Janik brought home Danny Doligale with a two-out RBI-single. Northwestern then responded with a three-run home run its first time up to take a 3-1 lead.


The Orange and Blue fought back in the fourth, scoring two runs in the frame to tie the ballgame. Branden Comia lined a double into the left-center gap to score Janik and would later score on Cal Hejza's infield single.


The hosts would re-take the lead in the fifth with a safety squeeze, but the Illini would battle back and push a run across in the seventh to tie it at 4-4.


The Illini were unable to generate any offense over the final two innings of the game, drawing just one walk, leading to the defeat.


McDonald went 2-for-4 extending his hitting streak to seven games and has multi-hit performances in three-straight games. Hejza went 2-for-4 with an RBI and finished 4-for-9 in the series with two runs, a double and an RBI.


Wenninger worked 7.1 innings and fanned eight batters. He has worked 6.0+ innings in three-straight starts.


The Illini lost Friday and won Saturday in the three-game set. 


Illinois will be back in action on Tuesday, when they make the short trip to Normal, Ill., to take on Illinois State. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CT.

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