FULLERTON, Calif. — It was the bottom of the lineup that spared Big Ten champion Illinois from elimination. No. 9 hitter Josh Parr hit a two-run triple and an RBI double to help the Fighting Illini beat Kansas State 5-3 on Saturday in an elimination game in the NCAA Fullerton Regional.

Davis Hendrickson, the No. 8 hitter, also had a double and triple with an RBI.

Illinois (29-26) took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Parr doubled home Hendrickson, and scored on younger brother Justin Parr’s sacrifice fly. Josh Parr made it 5-1 in the fourth with his two-run triple.

Kansas State (36-25) struck first in the second on Mike Kindel’s home run off John Anderson (8-6).

Anderson allowed three runs—one earned—on seven hits in eight innings. Chris Pack finished for his fourth save. Kansas State’s Matt Applegate (5-5) allowed all five runs in 3.2 innings.

On Sunday, Illinois will face the Cal State Fullerton-Stanford loser in another elimination game.