Illinois 5 Kansas State 3
FULLERTON, Calif. – Senior pitcher John Anderson pitched into the ninth inning, allowing only one earned run on seven hits and a walk, and shortstop Josh Parr drove in three runs to lift the fourth-seeded Illini over No. 3 seed Kansas State, 5-3, in an elimination game at the NCAA Tournament’s Fullerton Regional on Saturday. Anderson stymied a potent Wildcat offense in his 110-pitch effort and eight of nine Illinois starters recorded a hit as the Illini advance to face the winner of the Cal State Fullerton/Stanford game at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday.
“We’re still alive,” Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb said. “That’s the best part. John Anderson was in command all day. He threw three pitches for strikes. The defense came up with some big double plays and we had some timely hitting. We had a couple of lapses in the field, but we were able to overcome those mistakes. We’ve done a good job all year with our backs against the wall.”
FULLERTON, Calif.– Jordan Pries (6-5) and Chris Reed combined on a two-hitter and Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run in the sixth to lead No. 21-ranked Stanford (34-20) to a 1-0 victory over No. 2-ranked CS Fullerton (41-16) on Saturday evening.
In a brisk two hours and 13 minutes, the second-seeded Cardinal need one win to move onto the Super Regional and will play at 8:04 p.m. The Titans, or fourth-seeded Illinois, will need to win three more times.
It what proved to be the only run of the game, Piscotty hit his third home run of the season, with one out in the sixth to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. Piscotty and Tyler Gaffney each had two of the four hits off of Noe Ramirez (8-4), with Gaffney extending his hit streak to 19 games.
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