The Eagles started slowly but held a four-run lead going into the top of the seventh inning. Illinois-Springfield made things interested in the frame, tying the game with four runs of its own. But USI poured on five runs in the bottom of the inning and two more in the bottom of the eighth to pull away from the Prairie Stars in the end.
USI advances to play Quincy in round two Friday morning.
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