Illinois baseball cools off Spartans in Big Ten opener 8-4

Kevin Duchene improves to 4-1 for 2015 In probably the coldest game the Illinois baseball team has played in long, long time, they won their Big Ten opener. They defeated the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing today by the score of 8-4. It was a brisk 25 degrees in East Lansing at the start […]

McDonnell, Illini bats dim Kent State Golden Flashes, 9-4

Rob McDonnell pitched five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.14 I’m glad we got a home game in today.  This is the last of a scheduled ten-game home stand (though yesterday’s game was canceled).  The Illini made the most of it too.  Starter Rob McDonnell (2-1) pitched five shutout innings against the Kent […]

Illinois drops Sunday game to USF Bulls 8-5

First loss… and first runs allowed this season Put away the brooms.  Today just wasn’t going to happen for the Illini.  Despite coming back from a four run deficit, Illinois (17-5-1) lost to South Florida (16-8-1) in ten innings 8-5 on Sunday at Illinois Field.   Game #23 / March 22, 2015     vs […]

Illinois Baseball lasso Bulls with HRs from Kerian, James, and Fletcher

Victory leap!  It was a sunny day at Illinois Field and the balls were flying out of the park.  In fact, every run scored today was the result of a homerun.  The good news is that Illinois (17-4-1) came out ahead of the South Florida Bulls (15-8-1) in the end by the score of 5-2.  […]

Blowout! Illini offense complements Duchene’s outing against South Florida

The scoreboard says it all.  Not only did Kevin Duchene pitch a masterpiece but the Illinois (16-4-1) exploded with the bat in Friday’s game against the University of South Florida Bulls (15-7-1).  Facing just 26 batters, Duchene gave up just two hits and one unearned run in seven innings for his third win of the […]

Illinois baseball defeat Lindenwood-Belleville 7-1

Adam Walton drives in a run with a double in the sixth inning today In a game scheduled just two days ago, Illinois defeated the Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx 7-1 at Illinois Field on Wednesday.  It was a team effort as the Illini used 23 players including five pitchers.  This gives Illinois a 15-4-1 record for […]

Homers by McInerney, Fletcher and Kerian give Illini the edge over SIU

Ryan Nagle and Jason Goldstein glad-hand David Kerian after his 2-run homer For #19 Illinois, it was again a story of late inning heroics as both Casey Fletcher and David Kerian hit homeruns in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie with the Southern Illinois Salukis.  The Illini won Sunday’s game […]

Illinois baseball evens series up with SIU 6-2

Third career complete game for Drasen Johnson It was a strange game at times with two ejections and an oh-so-close homerun that was ruled a foul ball but in the end, the Illini (13-4-1) came out the victor.  Starter Drasen Johnson pitched a complete against the Southern Illinois Salukis (3-14) and the Illini offense came […]

Illinois Baseball shut down by SIU 2-0

The fog eventually lifted but the home fans’ spirits did not There was something about the late afternoon fog that added to atmosphere of Friday’s game against the Southern Illinois Salukis (3-13).  It certainly didn’t bode well for the Illini as they were handed their first home loss by the Salukis 2-0.  It was the […]

Illinois baseball win home opener vs Chicago State 7-3

Six shutout innings gets Rob McDonnell his first win There’s always something special about the Illinois baseball home opener no matter what the weather.  While it was a little rainy at the start of the game against Chicago State, it was a balmy 47 degrees.  Not only that, by the time the game ended, the […]