CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois closer Garrett Acton secured his place in Illinois baseball history, recording his program record 15th save this season, helping the Illini beat Indiana St. 5-2 Wednesday night at Illinois Field.
Acton worked a perfect 1-2-3 final frame with a strikeout and two flyouts. The junior from Lemont breaks Tyler Jay and Joey Gerber’s previous mark of 14, set in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Acton also moved up the career saves record list, where he sits in 7th, just nine behind Jay’s mark of 24.
“It’s an exciting moment obviously, being able to break a record held by some unbeliveable guys, it’s really unbeliveable, and it ‘s an exciting moment for me–it is,” Acton said. “But got to keep moving forward, taking it game-by-game, we’ve got an unbeliveable team and we got to keep the focus towards the postseason.”
Zac Taylor led the charge at the plate for Illinois, going 2-for-3 with two RBI including a bases clearing triple in the 7th inning. Ben Troike started the scoring in the inning with an RBI single, breaking a 2-2 tie.
Illinois returns to the field this weekend hosting No. 19 Indiana for three games, starting Friday night at 6 p.m.