The pitching was my concern going in and was the reason for the early exit going out. Letting up 8 runs and 7 runs, respectively, isn't going to win many series at any level beyond High School Freshman Baseball.I'd argue the biggest issue is the lack of top-quality hitting. The pitching isn't dominant but quite good. Defensively this team is very good.
That loss should make the Illini a 3 seed, which doesn't much matter as long as you're in the tournament.