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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Illinois’ Sedlock wins conference opener vs. Penn State 5-0

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Cody Sedlock improves to 4-1 for the season

With a little help from his friends, Cody Sedlock got Illinois baseball’s conference season off to the right start.  Sedlock threw seven shutout innings to give Illinois a 5-0 win over Penn State on Friday at Illinois Field’s home opener. 

Charlie Naso threw two scoreless innings in relief while Anthony Drago and Jack Yalowitz both collected two hits in the game. 

The win improves Illinois to 9-10 and gives them the first win in Big Ten conference play.  Penn State’s record is now 9-11 for the year.

 

Game #19 / March 25, 2016    
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Fighting Illini Game Wrapup

More of my photos are here at the Illinois Baseball Report photo gallery

Next up

Two more games left against Penn State.  Note that there is a schedule change.  There will be a doubleheader on Saturday and no game on Sunday.  Game time on Saturday is 11am. 

Go Illini!


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Home Sweet Home! Illinois welcomes Penn State for Big Ten opener

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Illinois sees the return of catcher Jason Goldstein this weekend

“There’s no place like home”, said Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz but I think the Illinois baseball players are probably thinking the same thing.  Illinois (8-10) is looking to start off the Big Ten conference portion of the season in the right way while they host the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-10) at Illinois Field for a three game series.  

Going into the weekend, Illinois is 8-10 and currently in 9th place in the non-conference standings.  It’s a whole new ballgame when it comes to the conference season, though.  A different intensity, attitude and approach to the game. And of course, the wins now really count in the standings. 

This is the Nittany Lions’ first visit to Champaign since 2013.  The good news is that Illinois has swept Penn State the past three times the two teams have met. 

You want more good news?  Star catcher Jason Goldstein seems to back to play.  Goldy had been riding the pines since he injured his leg two weeks ago against UNC Greensboro.  However, he started as the designated hitter against Illinois State on Tuesday and played the full game.  Will he be ready to don the tools of ignorance on Friday night?  Time will tell.  If not, Mark Skonieczny will be there providing more than adequate backup.

Fighting Illini weekend preview

Here are the starting assignments this weekend.  Cole Bellair is still looking for his first win despite his microscopic 0.46 ERA. 

  • Friday  Cody Sedlock: 3-1, 3.98 ERA
  • Saturday  Doug Hayes 2-2, 3.86 ERA
  • Sunday  Cole Bellair: 0-0, 0.46 ERA

    


Illinois Field

 
Champaign, Illinois

Fri. March 25

6:00 pm CT

Sat. March 26

1:00 pm CT

Sat. March 26

3:00 pm CT

(note schedule change)

 

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Penn State Nittany Lions

PSU

W-L: 9-10

My take Penn State:

Like Illinois, Penn State has had an up and down year.  They are owners of a five-game losing streak yet two three-game winning streaks.  It will be interesting to see which Penn State team will show up this weekend. 

Infielder Jim Haley has supported the offense with a .351 batting average while Willie Burger leads with 16 rbis.  Starter Justin Hagenman has been lights out in five outings with a 1.12 ERA and a 3-1 record.  So far, Jack Anderson (0.93 ERA, 5 saves) has been the Lions’ go-to man out of the pen late in the game. 

Summary:  A good chance to win but score early! 

Random Ramblings

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Charlie Naso notches first career win

Illinois got a confidence boost on Tuesday as they defeated Illinois State 8-3.  Matt James made his first career start and held his own.  He struck out six batters in four innings.  The Redbirds did score three runs off of him in the third inning but the Illini offense had his back.  The Illini offense rallied for five runs in the top of the fourth inning on the bats of newbies Jack Yalowitz, Doran Turchin and Trent Hammond. 

And let’s give some kudos to Charlie Naso who got his first college win.  He did it in style, pitching three scoreless innings and striking out three.  Nick Blackburn closed out the game hurling two more scoreless frames. 

Nice way to bring us to the Big Ten season, guys! 

Fan Overview

The weather for Friday’s opener is looking to be a cool 47 degrees but nice and sunny at game time.  If you come early enough on Friday, you’ll get a free pennant

You really should come to Illinois Field (and invite some friends!) but if you can’t, Dave Loane’s smooth voice will grace the AM-1400 WDWS airwaves.  Live video is available and you can always follow on GameTracker, as well. 

See you at the ballpark!!  


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