Illini unable to overcome bad first inning in first game of spring trip

By Jason Grodsky

The Illinois baseball team’s spring break trip got started a day late after the team’s first of seven games was postponed due to weather on Friday. But the extra day of rest didn’t help the Illini one bit.

Illinois lost its first game of the spring trip 14-2 to Jacksonville State in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday morning, extending their losing streak to four games.

Illini sophomore starting pitcher Tanner Roark allowed six runs in the bottom of the first inning after the Illini had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Gamecocks continued to pour runs on the Illini pitching staff, scoring once in the third inning and seven times in the seventh and eighth innings.

Illinois (2-8) was out-hit by Jacksonville State (8-9) 15-to-7 and the only Illini with success on the day was senior outfielder Ryan Snowden. Snowden was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored on the day.

The Illini will return to the field today against the Bulldogs of Yale in hopes of ending their losing streak.

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