Winning pitcher John Anderson has even more good news.
Illinois senior right-hander John Anderson backed up good news with more good news.
After Ashley Thompson accepted his proposal for marriage earlier last week, Anderson allowed one earned run in eight innings to lead fourth-seeded Illinois over third-seeded Kansas State 5-3 in an elimination game in NCAA Tournament regional play Saturday.
Illinois (29-26) advanced to another elimination game Sunday (6 p.m., ESPNU) against the loser of top-seeded Fullerton and second-seeded Stanford, which was played late Saturday night.
A fifth-year walk-on who came to Illinois as a placekicker in football before earning a spot on the Illini baseball team on his second tryout, Anderson allowed seven hits and one walk. He also struck out three before leaving in the ninth.
Illini shortstop Josh Parr doubled, tripled and finished with three RBI while also scoring a run.
Late Friday, Illinois saw its eight-game winning streak snapped in a 10-4 loss to Fullerton in the Illini's first NCAA appearance since 2000.
Senior first baseman Matt Dittman gave the Illini a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the second inning. After the Titans took a 4-2 lead, Illini left fielder Casey McMurray singled home two runs to tie the game at 4-4 in the sixth. Winning pitcher Tyler Pill struck out 11 in eight innings and also broke the 4-4 tie with a two-run single in the sixth.