Series loss to Indiana forces Illinois’ hand

  Down to the wire for Coach Hartleb One step forward.  Two steps back. That’s the story of Illinois baseball as they enter the last regulation series of the season this weekend against Michigan.  One week after they defeated Maryland two games to one, they lost two of three to first place Indiana despite a […]

Illinois hurlers to be tested by first place Hoosiers

With Illinois baseball’s tournament chances teetering on the fence, they travel to Bloomington, Indiana this weekend to play their last road series of the season.  It will be a tough challenge for Illinois (25-20, 9-9 Big Ten) as they take on the first place Indiana Hoosiers (29-17, 13-5 Big Ten) who have found momentum lately. […]

Rainout! Illinois-Indiana game called after 4-hour delay

Sunday’s game with the Indiana Hoosiers has been rained out. Here’s an inside look at the coaches’ decision making process inside the Illinois Field clubhouse courtesy of Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mike Waddell via Twitter: In other words, this @IlliniBaseball baseball series finale vs @HoosierBaseball is in jeopardy / Coaches discussing pic.twitter.com/irLU6PldMC — Mike […]

Clutch hitting by Illini takes down Hoosiers 6-3

David Kerian bangs out a 2-run triple in the first inning Saturday’s game versus Indiana was almost a mirror image of Friday’s.  Indiana scored in the top half of the first then Illinois responded in the bottom half of the first.  Illini pitching held and the offense bolstered the lead.  With another solid effort by […]

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 […]

Former Illini Shawn Roof returns to the Big Ten

One of the most popular players in Illinois baseball recent history is coming back to the Big Ten.  Shawn Roof, who was a fan favorite during his years from 2004-2007, has accepted a job with the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team. Shawn has told me that he will be working with the infielders, hitters and will […]

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 […]

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 […]