CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (KMOV) -- One day after a thrilling three-run, ninth-inning rally, the University of Illinois baseball team could not equal its previous performance against Ohio State.
No. 25 Illinois (32-15, 15-5 Big Ten) fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes 10-7 Saturday before 1,538 fans at Illinois Field in Champaign.
The Illini led 3-1 after three innings. Ohio State scored three runs, two of them on a single by second-baseman Cory Kovanda to go up 4-3.
Illinois answered in the fourth on a single by left-fielder Casey McMurray to tie the game at 4-all. But Ohio State made it 5-3 in the fifth with a Justin Miller home run to center field.
The Buckeyes added two runs in both the seventh and ninth innings, and Illinois did not score after making the score 8-7 after seven innings.
McMurray had three hits, three RBIs and scored a run for Illinois. Six players scored runs for the Illini, while three Buckeyes (35-14, 14-6) each tallied three runs.
On Friday, Illinois stunned Ohio State by scoring three runs in the ninth-inning to win 5-4. Joe Bonadonna and Casey McMurray singled and the Buckeyes committed two errors in the final inning.
Illinois erased a 4-2 deficit in front of a school record 5,214 fans.
The Big Ten rivals end the three game series with the rubber game set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Note: Adam Musto is a journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.