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 […]

Illinois drops last game to Michigan 4-2

A fine performance but no decision for John Kravetz today Illinois didn’t take advantage of a solid pitching performance by starter John Kravetz and dropped the last game of their three game series to Michigan 4-2.  The winds were still blowing out to left center but both starters managed to keep the ball in the […]

Illini get spanked by Michigan 17-9

Will Krug’s 3 for 5 performance wasn’t enough to overcome Michigan’s 17 runs Before today, Illinois hurlers hadn’t given up a run for 25 innings.  As I approached Illinois Field, I knew that win or lose, that streak wasn’t going to last.  The winds were blowing straight out to centerfield.  As Rod, the friendly gate […]

Drasen Johnson shuts down Michigan 1-0

Drasen Johnson makes do with one run For the first time since 1969, Illinois Baseball has won two consecutive 1-0 shutouts.  Last night’s win against Michigan was behind the performance of Drasen Johnson who has gotten used to little support from the Illini offense.  Fortunately, one run was all he needed to defeat the Wolverines.  […]

Illini sweep the Wildcats behind Kravetz’ strong Sunday performance

Eight shutout innings for John Kravetz For the second time this weekend, the Illini shut out Northwestern.  On Sunday, John Kravetz pitched a career high scoreless eight innings for his third win of season.   The Illinois offense managed just one run today but that’s all they would need behind Kravetz’ pitching.  David Kerian singled in […]

Illini win it in extras at Evanston 6-2

Key hits by Will Krug and David Kerian today This time it was just a little bit closer.  After walloping Northwestern 13-0 in Evanston on Friday, it took 10 innings for the Illini to get the job done on Saturday.  They won it 6-2 on a four-run 10th inning rally keyed by big hits by […]

Illini Drasen Johnson gets some support against Wildcats… and then some

Drasen Johnson finally got the offensive support he deserved today not that he needed it all.   In Evanston, Johnson (3-4, 2.74) struck out ten batters in seven shutout innings against Northwestern while his Illini teammates exploded for 13 runs.  The Northwestern defense didn’t help their cause with five fielding miscues.   Illinois ended up winning 13-0, […]

Illinois close out weekend with Purdue victorious, 8-3

Casey Fletcher gets congrats from the batboy in the 3rd inning while Ronnie Muck watches on On Sunday, it was a warm afternoon and the Illinois bats were pretty hot too.  With the help of thirteen hits, the home team scored eight runs to defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 8-3 in the final game of the […]

Castellanos helps Illinois tie series against Boilermakers

In Saturday’s game against Purdue (5-17, 1-1 Big Ten), the Illinois squad (13-11, 1-1 Big Ten) combined timely hitting with another fine performance by sophomore righty Ryan Castellanos to tie the weekend series 1-1.  Castellanos pitched his first complete game as an Illinois pitcher and improved to 3-1 for the win.  He allowed nine hits […]

Missed opportunities: Illinois drops Big Ten opener vs Purdue 4-3

Firstbaseman David Kerian flashes some leather during Friday’s game It’s spring break but the Illinois baseball player cut theirs short to host the Purdue Boilermakers for the Big Ten opener this weekend at Illinois Field.  Unfortunately, game one was no vacation.  The Boilermakers held off an Illini ninth inning rally to take the opening game […]