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Illinois Eliminated From Big Ten Tournament

Illinois was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament after a 6-3 loss to [6] Michigan (27-27) on Wednesday night at Charles Schwab Field Omaha.


The Wolverines opened the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead.


Illinois got back into the contest by putting up a three-spot in the top of the sixth. Cam McDonald, Drake Westcott and Camden Janik started the frame with three-straight singles to load the bases with nobody out. Ryan Moerman picked up an RBI with a groundout to first to get the Illini on the board. Jacob Schroeder followed with a line-drive single back up the middle to score Westcott and put runners on the corners. Brody Harding then dropped in a bunt single to score Janik and cut the Michigan lead to two.


Jack Crowder kept Illinois in the ballgame by keeping the Wolverines off the board in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Crowder struck out five along the way, including big punchouts to end the sixth and seventh.


Michigan would tack on another run in the eighth to make it 6-3 and Illinois would go down in order in the ninth to end the game.


McDonald finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and finishes his Illini career among program leaders in games played (220, T-7th), games started (219, 5th) hits (255, 8th) and RBI (163, 9th).


Westcott went 2-for-4 with a run scored. 


The Fighting Illini finish the season with a 25-27 record and went 12-12 during Big Ten play.

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