Illinois beats Kansas State to stay alive
FULLERTON, Calif. -- No. 9 hitter Josh Parr had a two-run triple and an RBI double to help Big Ten champion Illinois beat Kansas State 5-3 on Saturday in an elimination game in the NCAA Fullerton Regional.
Davis Hendrickson, the Illini's No. 8 hitter, also had a double and triple and an RBI.
Illinois (29-26) took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Parr doubled home Hendrickson, and scored on younger brother Justin Parr's sacrifice fly. Josh Parr made it 5-1 in the fourth with his two-run triple.
Kansas State (36-25) struck first in the second on Mike Kindel's homer run off John Anderson (8-6).
Anderson allowed three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in eight innings. Chris Pack finished for his fourth save. Kansas State's Matt Applegate (5-5) allowed all five runs in 3 2-3 innings.
On Sunday, Illinois will face the Cal State Fullerton-Stanford loser in another elimination game.
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