Illinois trying to keep hope alive against Iowa

Time to have some fun, boys!! So this is it… the last series of the regular season.  Illinois baseball will host fifth-place Iowa Hawkeyes at Illinois Field for an early weekend series which begins on Thursday at 6pm.  An 8th place finish is necessary to move on so Illinois’ current 11th place standing seems quite […]

Illinois invites Ohio State to town for BBQ and baseball

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 […]

Friday fortitude: Duchene stymies Indiana 5-1

Duchene climbs to 6-1 for 2015 Friday’s game started out auspiciously enough when Kevin Duchene hit Indiana’s leadoff batter in the first inning.  Two at-bats later, that run scored giving the Hoosiers a quick lead.  However, Illini leadoff man Adam Walton didn’t waste time getting back into the game.  He hit his the second pitch […]

Bleacher Bum BBQ kicks off 3-game set against Indiana this weekend

Jason Goldstein hopes to keep his 12-game hit streak alive against Indiana Friday night’s annual Bleacher Bum BBQ will kick off a three-game weekend series between the #11 Fighting Illini (30-6-1, 8-1) and the Indiana Hoosiers (21-13, 5-6 Big Ten).  With their 14-2 home record and 11 straight wins, Illinois hopes to solidify their claim […]

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 […]

The battle of the top teams: Can Illinois make a stand against Indiana?

Support your local starting pitcher:  Drasen Johnson is 4-4 with a 2.30 ERA You could say it was Illinois’ biggest series of the year but even that is an understatement.  In some ways, this weekend’s three game set against Indiana is one the highlights of the conference.  Imagine the two best teams facing off against […]

Justin Parr’s cycle drives sweep of Purdue, 17-6

  The Illini get a little defensive help from Brandon Hohl today It was a wild and wooly win for the Illini today against the Purdue Boilermakers.  While Ryan Castellanos earned his second win in a row, Justin Parr hit for the cycle and Reid Roper hit his third homer in three days.  That all […]

11-19 Purdue Boilermakers roll into town this weekend

  David Kerian and the rest of the Illini hope to gain some ground in the Big Ten this weekend Illinois has their chance to improve on their 2-4 Big Ten record this weekend as the Purdue Boilermakers come to town.  While the Illini’s 2-4 record is nothing to write home about, consider that they’ve […]

Key series between Illini and Michigan State Spartans this weekend

Jordan Parr paces the Illini in batting average (.360) and rbis (35) After winning five of their last six Big Ten games, the Illini are ready to take on Michigan State here at Illinois Field. It’s a crucial series for both teams as both are tied for fourth place in the standings and the Big […]

Illini can’t withstand SIU late rally

In this week’s only midweek game, Illinois succumbed to a late inning rally by the Southern Illinois Salukis and lost 7-3.  Illinois had a 3-2 lead going into the top of the eighth but SIU managed to scored two that inning and three more in the ninth to solidify their lead.  Tonight’s offense by the […]