CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois outfielder Cam McDonald entered the 2022 season with just a .255 career batting average, but momentum was swinging his way at the end of 2021 with an 11-game on-base streak.

Fast forward to Saturday, and McDonald is the new program record holder for longest on-base streak, having reached in every game so far this season and 59 games total. With a single in the 8th inning Saturday he passed Ben Troike for the mark.

“It’s pretty nice not having to worry about it anymore,” McDonald said. “It’s awesome just to have that under my belt and just be able to see that. It was 2-0 and I was thinking, ‘Should I take here?’ I was like, ‘You know what, I might as well go down swinging here. I’m gonna let it eat.’ I ended up getting a single up the middle. I mean, it was better to do it on a hit than a walk.”