Illini Come Back, Twice, In Wild Game at Illinois State

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NORMAL, Ill. -- Quiet for most of the game, Illinois' bats came alive late in a back-and-forth win at Illinois State Tuesday.

The Illini scored all 7 of their runs on the final three innings to extend their winning streak to 11 -- currently the best in the nation -- in the 7-3 victory.

Illinois State starter Steve Heilenbech held the Illini scoreless through six innings, and entered the 7th with a 1-0 lead, but that's when Illinois broke through.

An RBI groundout by Matthew James tied the game at 1-1. Ryne Roper followed with an RBI single to give Illinois a 2-1 lead.

Illinois watched that lead disappear in the next half inning, when Paul DeJong hit a two-run single to put the Redbirds back in front, 3-2.

The response was just as quick by the Illini, who scored 4 runs in the 8th to put it away.  Nick Blackburn earned his first save of the season with 2 innings of scoreless relief, as the Illini improved to 30-6-1 on the season.
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