Illinois take on first place Minnesota Golden Gophers at home

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Cody Sedlock lets one go during last Friday’s game

Coming off a big 2-1 series win off Ohio State, Illinois (20-17, 6-6 Big Ten) hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers (25-12, 9-2 Big Ten) for three games at Illinois Field.  Both teams have done well lately winning eight of their last ten games.  Minnesota is currently in first place in the Big Ten standings and is ranked #19 nationally.  On the other hand, Illinois is climbing in the standings.  After their series win last weekend, they are currently in eighth place with a 6-6 conference record. 

Note: Due to impending weather, there has been a schedule change.  There will be a doubleheader on Friday starting at 4pm.  More details here

Illini players to keep an “I” on

 

  • NCWBA Pitcher of the Week Cody Sedlock coming off his historic performance last Friday
  • Michael Hurwitz has extended his hitting streak to 13 games
  • Jason Goldstein is now 13th in the Big Ten with a .342 batting average

Fighting Illini weekend preview

 

Pitcher probables:  Lots of eyes will be on National College Pitcher of the Week Cody Sedlock this Friday.  Just relax and pitch a solid game for the win, Cody.  No need to go into extras!  Doug Hayes will try to rebound for a W in the second game on Friday.  Cole Bellair will try to win his third game in as many weeks. 

  • Friday  Cody Sedlock: 4-1, 2.94 ERA
  • Friday Game 2  Doug Hayes 5-3, 3.36 ERA
  • Saturday  Cole Bellair: 2-2, 2.79 ERA

    


Illinois Field

 
Champaign, Illinois

Fri. April 29

4:00 pm CT

8:00 pm CT

Sat. April 30

TBA 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota

W-L: 25-12,  9-2 Big 10

My take on the Golden Gophers:

Funny thing about the Gophers… they are ranked #19 in the nation and first in the Big Ten standings yet their overall record of 25-12 isn’t much different than the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Yes, the same Buckeyes who we went 2-1 against last weekend.  Further, Minnesota and Illinois are both 8-2 in their last 10 games. 

That said, the Golden Gophers can hit well.  They have a .324 team batting average led by Austin Athmann’s .396 mark.  Minnesota’s pitching (3.89 ERA) is on par with Illinois’ (3.68 ERA)  though our starters definitely  have the edge. 

Minnesota’s third starter Toby Anderson is 5-0 with a 3.74 ERA.  Be nice to give him his first loss. 

Quick take:  Don’t give them anything east to hit and let’s score as early as we can. 

Minnesota’s weekend preview against the Illini

Random Ramblings

IMG_2868It wasn’t long after Cody Sedlock’s Friday night performance when believe it or not, there were those detractors on social media.  One in particular is ESPN’s Keith Law who tweeted, “Legit first round prospect getting overused as we speak”.  I’m not going to link to Law’s tweet.  He doesn’t need the attention.  You can read about it at the News Gazette though

Now Keith Law is no stranger to controversy and it isn’t the first time he’s questioned Hartleb’s coaching strategy.  Last year, he took Coach Hartleb to task about his use of Tyler Jay.   

Well, things turned out pretty well so far for Tyler Jay who was drafted in the first round in 2015.  As for Cody Sedlock, his 10 2/3 inning shutout performance garnered enough attention to be awarded the National College Baseball Writers Associations’ National Pitcher of the Week. 

Mr. Law, maybe it’s time to get back to beat writing. 

Fan Overview

The schedule change is worth mentioning again.  Due to the weather, there will be two games on Friday night starting at 4pm.  Keep an eye on @IllinoisBaseball or the Illinois Baseball website for potential schedule announcements for the third game. 

The Big Ten Network will be out in full force to broadcast the 8pm game so expect some extra hoopla.  FightingIllini.com will be broadcasting the 4pm game.  Dave Loane and his voice of gold will be at the mike this weekend.  You can hear him broadcast on live audio or on the AM-1400 WDWS airwaves. 

Go Illini!!    


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Series win over Buckeyes moves Illinois up in the conference standings

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For the second weekend in a row, we had beautiful weather for baseball all three days.  After a marathon 15-inning 1-0 win by Illinois (20-17, 6-6 Big Ten) on Friday night featuring a historical performance by Cody Sedlock, Ohio State (25-14-1, 5-7 Big Ten) came back to win on Saturday. 

However, Illinois won the rubber game on Sunday behind the strong pitching of Cole Bellair and a key hit by Jack Yalowitz.  With the series win, Illinois is now 6-6 in conference play and now holds eighth place to themselves in the Big Ten. 

Major highlights

  • Cody Sedlock pitched 10 2/3 innings of shutout ball with 14 Ks on Friday
  • Cole Bellair earns his second win after winning his first win last weekend
  • Michael Hurwitz’ hit streak is now up to 13 games, tied with B1G batting lead in conference play with .404 mark

 

Game #35 / April 22, 2016    
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Cody Sedlock:  practically unhittable

Friday night was all about Cody Sedlock.  I have never seen a pitcher on his game like I did Cody.  He struck the first three batters in the first inning and seven batters in the first three innings.  I was watching his pitch speeds in the 10th inning.  Sedlock was still consistently reaching 92-95 mph on each pitch. 

All told, you will never see a performance like this one.  The numbers on Sedlock Friday night: 

10 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K

You gotta give the Buckeye starter Tanner Tully a little credit too.  He kept the Illini bats silent for nine innings too.  In fact, for 14 and half innings, the Illinois Field scoreboard showed nothing but goose eggs.  It wasn’t until Jack Yalowitz scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 15th did the Illini go home winners. 

Fighting Illini Game Wrapup

My photos from Friday night

Random Ramblings

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Ok, I called it, didn’t I?  In last week’s weekend preview, I predicted that Illinois would have its first Big Ten Player, Pitcher or Freshman of the Week of the 2016 season.  Well, not only was Cody Sedlock honored with the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week but he was also named the National Pitcher of the Week chosen by the NCBWA.  Sedlock is the first Illini pitcher to ever receive this award.  Congrats Cody! 

 

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While we’re on the topic of awards, the list of athletes up for the Senior CLASS Award is down to 10.  It turns out that Illinois catcher Jason Goldstein is on that list.  Industrial Engineering major Goldstein is hitting .342 with four homers and 24 rbis. 

Senior second baseman Michael Hurwitz is really, really hot now.  He has a 13-game hit streak going and his .404 batting average is tied for first the Big Ten in conference play.

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On a lighter note, my friend Robin told me to take a look at Pat McInerney over at first base as the pitch is thrown.  Sure enough, Pat does a little hop at the same moment the pitch is thrown.  You can see Pat getting some air time in the photo above. 

Superstition?  Habit?  Who knows?  It is fun to watch though.

Next up

No midweek game this week.  This weekend though, the Golden Gophers of Minnesota come to Illinois Field.  Make note that it will be a late game on Friday at 8pm due being televised on Big Ten Network.

Go Illini!


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Illinois invites Ohio State to town for BBQ and baseball

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Cody Sedlock leads the B1G with 70 strikeouts

After five straight non-conference wins, Illinois (18-16, 4-5 Big Ten) is ready to bring on the Big Ten conference again.  This weekend, they will host rival Ohio State Buckeyes (24-18-1, 4-5 Big Ten) at Illinois Field.  Both teams come into the weekend with a 4-5 conference record and in ninth place in the Big Ten so the series has implications as the regulation schedule end is within sight.

Illinois Baseball has a host of promotions set up for this weekend including Friday’s Bleacher Bum BBQ. 

Illini players to keep an “I” on

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  • Michael Hurwitz is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak
  • Cody Sedlock leads the Big Ten in strikeouts with 70
  • Trent Hammond (above) has gone 7 for 12 with 8 rbis in his last four games

Fighting Illini weekend preview

 

IMG_2813Pitcher probables:  Doug Hayes now leads the team with five wins!!  Cole Bellair (right) has the pressure of getting his first win taken off. 

Cody Sedlock will try to match Hayes’ win total. 

  • Friday  Cody Sedlock: 4-1, 3.49 ERA
  • Saturday  Doug Hayes 5-2, 3.25 ERA
  • Sunday  Cole Bellair: 1-2, 3.05 ERA

    


Illinois Field

 
Champaign, Illinois

Fri. April 22

6:00 pm CT

Sat. April 23

3:00 pm CT

Sun. April 24

1:00 pm CT 

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Ohio State Buckeyes

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W-L: 24-12-1,  4-5 Big 10

My take on the Buckeyes:

At 24-12-1, the Buckeyes have fared better than the Illini overall.  Once they hit the Big Ten though, Ohio State hit a road block.  They have an identical 4-5 conference record as Illinois.  A sweep by tough Maryland didn’t help their cause. 

As is typical, the Buckeyes have a slugging lineup.  Five players in the lineup have at least five homeruns led by Jacob Bosiokovic who has nine dingers followed by two more Buckeyes (Nick Sergakis and Troy Montgomery) with seven. 

Overall, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 230-151 so expect some fireworks. 

Quick take:  Keep the pitches low.  We don’t want any balls leaving the park unless they’re ours. 

Buckeyes’ weekend preview against the Illini

Random Ramblings

IMG_2868There’s lots of stuff happening this weekend at Illinois Field this weekend!  Friday night is the ever-popular Bleacher Bum BBQ.  Show up at 5pm for food and fun!  This annual event has consistently drawn over 3,000 fans over the last seven years so expect a big crowd too. 

Saturday is “As-Seen-on-TV” night. Prizes will be given out!  Collectors, they will be giving away the second set of baseball cards, too.  On Sunday, it is Super Hero Day.  Dress up as your favorite super hero! 

I’m making a prediction.  So far this year, there hasn’t been a Big Ten Player of the Week, Pitcher of the Week or Freshman Player of the Week from the Illini.  I predict that after this weekend, that will no longer be the case.  Don’t know who but someone will step up. 

Call me on it next Monday. 

Fan Overview

Naturally, you should really get out to Illinois Field for all the fun this weekend if you can.  If you can’t make it out, Dave Loane will be at the mike this weekend.  You can hear him broadcast on live audio or on the AM-1400 WDWS airwaves. 

Live video is also available on Friday and Sunday via BTNPlus.  On Saturday, you can see it on FightingIllini.com. for all the games via FightingIllini.com.  As always, you can always follow live stats via the web

Go Illini!!    


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Sweep! Illini take all three from the Billikens

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Trent Hammond gets a high five as he scores on Sunday

Wow!  What a beautiful sunny weekend!  It was perfect weather for baseball all three days and Illinois took advantage by sweeping the Saint Louis Billikens all three games.  With the sweep. Illinois now puts themselves above .500 with a 17-16 record. 

Major highlights

  • Trent Hammond goes 6 for 10 with 7 rbis for the weekend
  • Cole Bellair earns his first college win on Sunday
  • Michael Hurwitz extends his hit streak to nine games

 

 

Game #31 / April 15, 2016    
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Trent Hammond is welcomed at home after his homerun in the fifth inning

I’ve watched enough college baseball to know it is a real team sport.  But it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Friday night belonged to third baseman Trent Hammond. 

Down 4-0, Hammond got things going with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.  He wasn’t finished. Later in the eighth inning, Hammond drove in the winning run with a two-run single.  Illinois came back to win the game 6-4. 

Hammond finished the game 2 for 3 with four rbis and a homer to go along with his exemplary defense. 

Reliever J.D. Nielsen (3-1) got the win and Nick Blackburn notched the save, his seventh. 

Fighting Illini Game Wrapup

My photos from Friday night

Random Ramblings

A couple of fun photos of SLU fielding from Sunday. 

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Some fancy glovework…

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…and not so much. 

 

For the weekend, Trent Hammond was 6 for 10 with seven rbis.  What the stats don’t necessarily tell you is that #33 is playing some great defense at the hot corner.  That’s something which complements the team immensely and is needed on a team so young. 

Hammond’s batting average went up 40 points in three days and I was hoping we might see his name on the Big Ten’s weekly award list today but alas, it was not the case. 

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Hot hitting second baseman Mike Hurwitz slaps a hit on Sunday

Speaking of hot hitters, April 2 is the only gameday this month that Mike Hurwitz has NOT gotten a hit.  He came into April with a .197 average and he’s now hitting a cool .304.  Michael Hurwitz is 5’8” so he can easily coax a walk since his strikeout zone is small.  Hurwitz obviously isn’t relying on that though and that only helps the team. 

Finally, nice going Illini fans!  Over 4000 fans showed up for the three games this weekend.  In fact, the 4.529 recorded attendance for all three days set a weekend record for a non-conference series. 

 

Next up

This Tuesday, Illinois plays a rematch against Eastern Illinois and their coach, former Illini Jason Anderson.  First pitch in Mattoon is at 6pm. 

This coming weekend, Illinois will try to extend their winning streak against Ohio State.  The conference series begins on Friday at 6pm. 

Go Illini!


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Illinois baseball hosts Saint Louis at home this weekend

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Adam Walton gets back to first base safely in Tuesday’s game against ISU

It’s the first home series in three weekends for the Illini baseball team.  Illinois (14-16, 4-5 Big Ten) will be playing a non-conference series against the Saint Louis Billikens (16-18, 7-2 Atlantic 10) who now claim first place in the Atlantic 10 conference. 

Fighting Illini weekend preview

Both Cody Sedlock and Doug Hayes will be going for their fifth win this weekend.  Cole Bellair, on the other hand, is still going going for his first win despite having the lowest ERA of the three. 

  • Friday  Cody Sedlock: 4-1, 3.48 ERA
  • Saturday  Doug Hayes 4-2, 3.51 ERA
  • Sunday  Cole Bellair: 0-2, 3.08 ERA

    


Illinois Field

 
Champaign, Illinois

Fri. April 15

6:00 pm CT

Sat. April 16

3:00 pm CT

Sun. April 17

1:00 pm CT 

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St. Louis Billikens

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W-L: 16-18,  7-2 Atlantic 10

My take on the Billikens:

The Billikens (yes, I looked it up… this is what a Billiken is) are having a strange season.  They lost their first eight games of the year then proceeded to win their next six.  Long story short, they have an overall losing record at 16-18 but are now leading the Atlantic 10 with a 7-2 conference record. 

The Bils’ stats measure up with their opponents (.281 BA to .283 and 4.87 ERA to 4.60).  However, they do sport some power.  The Billikens have out homered the opposition by a 33 to 19 margin.  Josh Bunselmeyer leads the way with 10 dingers. 

Illinois has history on its side though.  They have a 24-3-1 record against the Billikens and have won nine of the last ten games versus St. Louis.

SLU weekend preview against the Illini

Quick take:  keep the ball in the park, pitchers!

 

Random Ramblings

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Michael Hurwitz: batting .577 in his last six games

There’s no such thing as an easy win but Illinois made it look that way against Illinois State on Tuesday night with a 7-1 win.  Andrew Mamlic pitched six strong innings for the victory.  Jason Goldstein knocked in four runs on three hits while Michael Hurwitz continued his hot hitting with two hits while scoring three. 

Fighting Illini Game Notes for Tuesday’s win

Hurwitz has been raking lately.  Not content to just take a walk (as he quite able to do), he has 15 hits in 26 at-bats in the last two weeks while scoring nine runs.  FightingIlllini.com gave him his due this week.  Hurwitz’ season batting average hovers just below the .300 mark at .297.

My photos from Tuesday’s game. 

Fan Overview

Get out to the games this weekend!  I won’t be there Saturday but I’m doing my part by bringing a friend to Friday’s game. 

If you can’t make it out, Dave Loane will be at the mike this weekend.  You can hear him broadcast on live audio or on the AM-1400 WDWS airwaves.  Live video is also available for all the games via FightingIllini.com.  As always, you can always follow live stats via the web

Go Illini!!    


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Despite offensive performances, Iowa is not heaven to Illinois

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Doran Turchin’s grand slam on Saturday helped defeat Iowa

Despite outscoring the Iowa Hawkeyes by a 16-12 margin this weekend, Illinois (13-16, 4-5 Big Ten) managed just one win in their three game series against Iowa (14-15, 5-4 Big Ten).  The Illini sandwiched their highest scoring game of the year in between two one-run losses. 

Highlights of the weekend included season highs by Cody Sedlock (11 strikeouts), Michael Hurwitz (four hits).  Saturday’s 10-run game was fueled by three homeruns by Doran Turchin, Trent Hammond, and Jason Goldstein.  Turchin’s homer was a grand slam.

 

 

Game #27 / April 9, 2016    
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For the second weekend in a row, Illinois lost a game on the last pitch because of an mistake by the Illini.  On a safety squeeze with the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, pitcher J.D. Nielsen booted the ball throwing it home.   To be fair, it may have been a close play either way.

Starting pitcher Cody Sedlock threw career highs with 8 innings and 11 strikeouts.  Michael Hurwitz and Dan Rowbottom both had multiple hits in the game . 

Fighting Illini Game Wrapup

Random Ramblings

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Michael Hurwitz: 8 for 14 for the weekend

With the series loss, Illinois is now 4-5 in Big Ten play.  They sink below Iowa in the standings and are in ninth place.  Michigan State and Minnesota have both lost just one game this season while Purdue remains winless at 0-9.  Alas, Purdue is not on our schedule this season. 

Doran Turchin’s grand slam help propel him to lead the team in rbis as of today.  His 18 ribbies is one ahead of Jason Goldstein and two over Anthony Drago. 

While we’re talking stats, Cody Sedlock has been throwing some heat.  This season, he has struck out 63 batters in 51 2/3 innings. He leads the Big Ten by a sizable margin (Minnesota’s Dalton Sawyer 53 Ks comes in second).

Next up

Tuesday’s game is another non-conference midweek matchup.  Illinois will be taking on Illinois State this time at Illinois Field.  First pitch is at 6pm. 

There is a series this weekend but it will be against a non-conference team.  The St. Louis Billikens will be coming to town. 

Go Illini!


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Illinois looks to improve on .500 conference record at Iowa

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Luke Shilling slides into home during Illinois’ 5th inning rally against EIU Tuesday

For the second weekend in a row, Illinois (12-14, 3-3 Big Ten) will be traveling for a Big Ten series.  This weekend, they will be playing in Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-14, 3-3 Big Ten) for a three game set. 

Both Illinois and Iowa are tied at 3-3 in the Big Ten baseball standings.  They currently are smack dab in the middle of the conference race at seventh place.  Both teams are looking to gain on Minnesota and Ohio State who are 1-2. 

Fighting Illini weekend preview

Cole Bellair’s ERA is now at a mortal (but still fantastic) 2.48 level.  Still hard to believe he doesn’t have a win to go with it.  He’ll be pitching on Sunday to try to change that. 

  • Friday  Cody Sedlock: 4-1, 3.50 ERA
  • Saturday  Doug Hayes 3-2, 3.14 ERA
  • Sunday  Cole Bellair: 0-1, 2.48 ERA

    


Banks Field

 
Iowa City, Iowa

Fri. April 8

4:05 pm CT

Sat. April 9

2:05 pm CT

Sun. April 10

1:05 pm CT 

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Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa

W-L: 12-14,  3-3 Big Ten

My take on the Hawkeyes:

The Hawkeyes come into the weekend with the exact same record as the Illini.  They both have a 12-14 overall record and a 3-3 Big Ten mark.  While 3-3 may not sound too impressive, the Hawkeyes went 2-1 against the powerful Terps of Maryland. 

Iowa has a .261 batting average but they out-homer their opponents by a 17-13 margin.  Look out for starting pitcher C.J. Eldred (2.51 ERA).  He takes after dad Cal Eldred who is a former Iowa alum and pitched 13 years in the Major Leagues.

Iowa Hawkeyes Game Notes vs. Illinois

Quick take:  If Cody Sedlock is on his game Friday night, this weekend is a good chance for Illinois to gain some ground in the Big Ten.

Random Ramblings

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We got a look at Quinten Sefcik on the mound on Tuesday

Illinois gained a bit of confidence in a 9-7 win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday night.  The Illini rallied to take a 9-2 lead thanks to a homer by Jason Goldstein and later, rbi hits by Pat McInerney, Goldstein again, and Luke Shilling. 

Kudos to Illini alum Jason Anderson who now coaches the Eastern Panthers.  EIU made it a game worth watching.  The Panthers scored five unanswered runs to make it a close one. 

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Doran Turchin (20) greets Goldstein at home plate after his homer in the 3rd inning

As is usual for midweek games, Coach Hartleb brought in new guys to pitch.  This was the first time I saw Quinten Sefcik on mound as well as Jack Yalowitz and Joey Gerber.  After a rough first inning, Sefcik settled down and Yalowitz earned his first win of his college career. 

Fighting Illini Game Notes for Tuesday

I took some photos on Tuesday.  Here they are on the IBR photo gallery.

Fan Overview

Dave Loane will be at the mike this weekend.  You can hear him broadcast on live audio or on the AM-1400 WDWS airwaves.  Live video is also available for the Friday and Sunday games via BTN Plus.  And as always, you can always follow live stats via the web thanks to hawkeyesports.com. 

Go Illini!!    


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Illinois baseball drop last two in wild, windy series against Cornhuskers

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LF Dan Rowbottom improves to .292 for the season

Illinois (11-14, 3-3 Big Ten) had plenty of chances to win every game this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-8, 5-1 Big Ten).  Unfortunately, the good guys came home with one Friday night victory.  Both teams were plagued by the windy weather.  The series was one roller coaster with back and forth and give and take as Illinois had the lead at least twice in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games but just could pull off either game. 

Illinois did hand the Huskers their first Big Ten loss 6-4 on Friday night behind the pitching of Cody Sedlock, timely hitting and and some nifty fieldwork to end the game

The 1-2 series loss puts Illinois at 3-3 in Big Ten conference play. 

 

 

Game #23 / April 1, 2016    
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Illinois won Friday night on a wild night by the Nebraska pitching staff.  Their first two runs were scored on four walks and a hit by pitch (and no hits!).  Dan Rowbottom was walked four times alone. 

Speaking of no hits, starting pitcher Cody Sedlock didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning.  The Huskers got to him by the sixth inning though.  The Huskers scored three in the sixth inning.  J.D. Nielsen was able to slow the flow and got his second win of the season.  Nick Blackburn earned his fifth save of year. 

The final play as as exciting as the rest of the game.  With the score 6-4 and two Nebraska runners on base with two outs, Dan Rowbottom fielded a single and threw to cutoff man Trent Hammond who relayed it to Adam Walton who was covering third base.  Walton tagged the runner for the final out of the game for a rare 7-5-6 putout.

Lincoln Journal Star photographer Francis Gardler got the shot.. 


Random Ramblings

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Doran Turchin drove in four runs on Sunday

Dan Rowbottom’s four walks in  Sunday’s game was one shy of the team record set by Craig Marquie in 2000.  Rowbottom still collected four hits on the weekend and is now hitting .292, second on the team. 

While we’re talking stats, centerfielder Doran Turchin is really making a difference in his first year with the Illini.  He may only be hitting .235 but he is tied for first in runs scored (23) and second in rbis (13). 

A quick shout out to Illini play-by-play broadcaster Dave Loane (and color man Brett Moore).  I was traveling out of town this weekend and relied on listening to the games as much as I could via Live Audio on my phone.  For my money, Loane is better than any of the MLB broadcasters who don’t know when to shut up. 

Next up

This Tuesday, Illinois plays a home game against Eastern Illinois at Illinois Field.  First pitch is at 6pm. 

This Friday, Illinois travels to Iowa for another three-game Big Ten series.  Friday’s game time is 6:05pm. 

Go Illini!


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Illini travel west to take on Huskers

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Doug Hayes was near perfect last week with a one-hitter against Penn State

Coming off last weekend’s 2-1 Big Ten series win against Penn State, Illinois (10-12, 2-1 Big Ten) head west to Lincoln to face the Cornhuskers of Nebraska (17-7, 3-0 Big Ten) who are on an eight game winning streak. 

The Illini will be playing a three-game series in Lincoln on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Huskers who are currently tied with Michigan State for first place (check out current Big Ten baseball standings). 

Fighting Illini weekend preview

Coach Hartleb is sticking with the same pitching assignments as last week.  All three pitched extremely well.  I said this last week but Cole Bellair is still looking for his first win.  This week, his ERA is up to 0.65.  Meanwhile, Cody Sedlock is looking for his fifth win. 

  • Friday  Cody Sedlock: 4-1, 3.26 ERA
  • Saturday  Doug Hayes 3-2, 3.16 ERA
  • Sunday  Cole Bellair: 0-0, 0.65 ERA

    


Hawks Field

 
Lincoln, Nebraska

Fri. April 1

6:35 pm CT

Sat. April 2

2:05 pm CT

Sun. April 3

1:05 pm CT 

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Nebraska Cornhuskers

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W-L: 17-7,  3-0 Big Ten

My take on the Huskers:

The Huskers are having a grand year.  Off to a 17-7 start, they even swept Purdue in their first Big Ten series last weekend.  In fact, they haven’t lost since March 18th, a total of eight games. 

You’ll find plenty of power wearing Big Red.  The Huskers have out-homered their opponents 28 to 12.  Led by Scott Schreiber and Jake Placzek (6 each), there are five Nebraska hitters with four or more homers this season. 

One final note:  the Illini has gone 28-3 in road games in the past two seasons.  Of those three losses, two were against Nebraska. 

Quick take:  Bring your A game, starters!

Random Ramblings

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Anthony Drago leads the Illini in HR, rbi, and doubles and hits

Wow, that was a tough loss against Indiana State on Tuesday.  Despite an 8th inning rally to tie the game, Illinois lost the game on a controversial dropped third strike that scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. 

Anthony Drago hit his team-leading fourth homerun in the loss.  He also leads the team with 15 rbis. 

I think we’re spoiled by the 2015 season but Illinois has historically had trouble with the midweek games.  This past Tuesday is a good example. 

On a happier note, noted Illinois baseball coach Augie Garrido has been inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.  Garrido entered 2016 with 1,950 career wins, most by any college baseball coach.  He also took 15 teams to the College World Series. 

Garrido coached at the University of Illinois from 1988-1990.  He won 42 games in 1989 and 43 in 1990 establishing a team record for Big Ten wins with 19. 

Augie Garrido coached well before I started following Illini baseball but I know a few fans that still remember his era. 

Fan Overview

For those who can’t make the exciting drive across I-80 to Lincoln, Mr. Dave Loane should be able to give you what you need.  He’ll be broadcasting the games on AM-1400 WDWS airwaves.  Live video is available (Friday and Saturday / Sunday) and you can always follow live stats via the web, as well. 

Go Illini!!    


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Hayes’ one-hitter highlights Saturday’s doubleheader with Penn State

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Hayes improves to 3-2 with a one-hitter over Penn State

Two fantastic starting performances by Illinois’ Doug Hayes and Cole Bellair resulted in just win in Saturday’s doubleheader with Penn State.  Hayes pitched the first complete game one-hitter by an Illini pitcher in nine years to win Game 1 by the score of 6-1. 

Bellair allowed just one run in eight innings but the Nittany Lions rallied in the ninth to take the last game of the series 5-3. 

Illinois is now 10-11 and 2-1 in the young Big Ten conference season. 

 

Game #20 / March 26, 2016    
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Fighting Illini Game Wrapup

See my photos from Game Two on Saturday

Random Ramblings

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In all, a favorable weekend for the Illini.  It’s just too bad we couldn’t go out on a winning note.  However, three great starting performances and some fireworks from the bat.  I was most impressed by the defense by the young team. 

Speaking of defense, freshman third baseman Trent Hammond (above) is already making people turn heads with his defense.  He’s already becoming a favorite photo subject of mine.  Not only that, Big Ten Network has taken notice of him…

Next up

On Tuesday, Illinois will play an away midweek game against Indiana State (who almost beat Indiana on Saturday).  It’s an early game at 3pm. 

This coming weekend, the Illini will play three games against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln.  First pitch on Friday is 6:35pm. 

Go Illini!


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