23 in a row!!! #3 Illinois takes two from Rutgers on Saturday

#3 Illinois (42-6-1, Big Ten 18-1) took two games from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-33-1, Big Ten 5-15) in a Saturday doubleheader.  The Illini won the first game 5-4 behind the strong pitching of Kevin Duchene (9-1) and 13 hits by the offense.  Tyler Jay garnered his 10th save of the season.  Game Two starter […]

17 straight! Illinois finishes off Penn State for fourth straight Big Ten sweep

Starter John Kravetz is now 4-0 for the Illini The Illinois baseball team can add one one more Big Ten sweep to their 2015 accomplishments.  On Sunday, they won 6-3 against the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-25, 2-12 Big Ten) giving them their fourth conference sweep of the season.  The win today puts #8 Illinois […]

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 […]

#12 Illinois sluggers bash the Boilermakers 10-5

Pat McInerney (27)is welcomed at home plate by Casey Fletcher after his 3-run HR in the first On Saturday, the Illinois offense exploded early for three homeruns and and ten runs as the Illini defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 10-5.  Starting pitcher Kevin Duchene pitched six solid innings and won his team-leading fifth victory.  The win […]

McInerney’s 13th inning shot gives Illini a boost

Pat McInerney breaks the 1-1 tie with a solo shot in the 13th The new video scoreboard got a rude workout today as it took 13 innings for the #15 Illini to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats 3-1 at Illinois Field.  The cold Illinois fans have Pat McInerney to thank for breaking the offensive silence.  His […]

Big Bopper Kerian Brings Back Boasting Brags with Blast in Border Battle

Kerian leads the Big Ten with seven homers At GCS Ballpark In Sauget, Illinois, David Kerian was the man of the night on Tuesday night.  Down 3-2 in the top of the sixth, his two-run homerun put the Illini up for good against the Missouri Tigers.  With help from the bullpen, Illinois eventually won 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 […]

Illinois baseball redouble their efforts and take last two at Chanticleer Classic

John Kravetz: getting the Illini back on track After splitting the first two games against Ball State, Illinois (9-2-1) lost their second straight game against Kent State.  However, it was back to their winning ways as the Fighting Illini finished up the Chanticleer Classic in Myrtle Beach with two wins against West Virginia and host […]

Pitching previews: A diplomatic solution to a nice pitching dilemma

The Fighting Illini baseball program has been doing position-by-position previews in the last few days on the fightingillini.com website.  The previews of the actual starting position players haven’t been too surprising but I was wondering what would happen when it came to the pitchers.  Illinois may be in the envious position of having too much […]

Illinois Baseball cook the ISU Redbirds 6-1

Ryan Nagle, Will Krug and Casey Fletcher celebrate after today’s win I stopped by for the last few innings of Wednesday’s game between the Illini and the Illinois State Redbirds.  The Redbirds came in with a 15-6 record but when I got there, Illinois was putting the finishing touches on a two-run rally in the […]