Spartans end Illini’s tournament run 11-2

On Friday, Illinois gave it their best shot but eventually the Spartans’ offense caught up to them. The #3 seed Illinois (32-21) got an early lead against Michigan State (31-25) and had a 2-1 lead as late as top of the seventh inning.  But then things went sour and the Spartans tied in the seventh.  […]

Illini find their bats against Ohio State at Big Ten Tournament 6-5

On day after the #3 seed Illinois Baseball team (32-20) couldn’t find their bats in Game One of the Baseball Big Ten Baseball Tournament in Omaha, they turned it around.  At TD Ameritrade Park, they provided all the offense starting pitcher Kevin Duchene (left) needed against #7 seed Ohio State in their 6-5 win. Duchene […]

Spartans find revenge against Illini at Tourney, 2-1

Like almost every other one of his starts this year, Drasen Johnson did his part. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough. In Game One of the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, the Fighting Illini couldn’t get the offense going against Michigan State.  While Johnson struck out a career high ten batters and only allowed two runs […]

Series loss against Huskers gives Illinois a #3 seed in tourney

Is Kevin Duchene slated for Game 1 of the Big Ten Tournament? It’s probably fitting that the two second place teams who entered this weekend would have one of closest series of the Big Ten weekend.  Both teams have had won their share of three game sweeps but I had a feeling from the start […]

Comeback again? Fletcher walk off, again? Unbelievable! Illini deliver sweep against Michigan State 10-9

Sunday was just another day in paradise at Illinois Field. For third game in a row, Illinois came back from behind to defeat Michigan State and for the second game in a row, Casey Fletcher hit walk off hit to win the game for the Illini. Fletcher’s hit in the bottom of the ninth scores […]

Comeback AGAIN! Fletcher and Illinois puts on another great show versus MSU 5-4

Saturday’s hero Casey Fletcher gets a congratulatory hug from Adam Walton while other teammates get in line Once again, Illinois performed a spectacular comeback show, defeating the Michigan State Spartans 5-4 with a key base hit by Casey Fletcher in the the bottom of the 10th inning. Indeed, the alumni who have come back for […]

Comeback! Illinois wins a wild one against Michigan State 5-4

David Kerian is welcomed back to the dugout by starting pitcher Drasen Johnson after scoring the winning run As some of the Illinois baseball “oldtimers” who have shown up for this weekend’s alumni festivities can attest, there something about a Illinois-Michigan State series. Adam Walton slaps a triple to drive home Ryan Nagle The first […]

Illinois drops last game to Hoosiers 11-3

Casey Fletcher scores on Ryne Roper’s triple in the third inning If we had that one more inning, I just know the Illini would have come back from their 11-3 deficit.  Well, maybe.  With one pitch thrown in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, the men in blue called the contest due to rain after […]

Illinois, Kravetz survive #24 Indiana 2-1

John Kravetz improves to 5-1 after his victory against #24 Indiana Behind the superb pitching of junior John Kravetz and a key hit by transfer Casey Fletcher, the Illini (23-16, 10-4 Big Ten) join Michigan as the only team to beat Indiana (27-12, 12-2 Big Ten) in conference play.  Reid Roper sets the table with […]

Happy days in Happy Valley!

Will Krug now batting .329 with 15 stolen bases On Sunday, Illinois completed a sweep at Penn State (17-19, 5-6 Big Ten) behind the pitching of Ryan Castellanos.  Penn State had the lead in each of the three games this weekend and two of the games were truly comeback efforts with Nit leads in the […]