Eight shutout innings for John Kravetz
For the second time this weekend, the Illini shut out Northwestern. On Sunday, John Kravetz pitched a career high scoreless eight innings for his third win of season. The Illinois offense managed just one run today but that’s all they would need behind Kravetz’ pitching. David Kerian singled in the fourth inning and a wild pitch later, Jason Goldstein drove him home with an rbi hit.
In addition to Kravetz’ performance (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), Ronnie Muck earned his first save of 2014 by pitching a scoreless ninth inning and completing the shutout.
The series sweep against the Wildcats gives Illinois a nice 5-1 Big Ten record plus a respectful 17-11 overall record.
|Game #28 / April 6, 2014|
Some stats to savor from the weekend:
Illini pitching gave up just two runs in the three-game set with Northwestern over 30 innings. They now have a 2.80 team ERA.
It wasn’t just the pitching either. Overall, the Illini outscored the Wildcats 20-2.
The Illini walked 19 times this weekend. Believe it or not, not all of them belong to Michael Hurwitz.
In contrast, Illinois pitchers only gave up two walks against Northwestern in the three game set.
Most importantly, Illinois has won their last five games and nine of their last ten games. Their 5-1 Big Ten record is currently second behind Indiana in the conference.
On Tuesday, the Illini have an away midweek game at Eastern Illinois. Game time is 6pm at Peterson Park in Mattoon, Illinois.