No tourney but Illinois baseball ends 2016 on winning note

Illinois won their last two games against Michigan but it just wasn’t enough.  Going into the last game, their fate was in the hands of Michigan State and the Spartans let them down.  As a result, Illinois will not be going to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament next week.  This will be only the third […]

One last hurdle: Illinois hosts Michigan starting Thursday

Pat McInerney leads the Illini with six homers It’s down to the last three games.  With a home series against Michigan (34-17, 12-8 Big Ten), ninth-place Illinois (26-22, 10-11 Big Ten) needs to make up at least one spot in the standings in order to obtain a bid to participate in the Big Ten Tournament […]

Loss to Michigan drops Illinois from B1G Tourney

David Kerian homered and drove in two runs in Illinois’ loss The Illini gave a great effort at the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis but their chance for a tourney championship came to an end at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines.  After a lights out performance on Friday night by John Kravetz shutting out […]

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.  […]

Illinois Baseball to host Wolverines this weekend

Shortstop Adam Walton brings a 10-game hitting streak into this weekend After two Big Ten weekends, Illinois Baseball is off to a 5-1 conference start (17-11 overall).  That by the way, is the best Big Ten start under Coach Dan Hartleb’s reign.  Illinois hopes to continue their good luck against slightly stiffer competition at home […]

Kravetz helps keep Illinois in the Tourney

John Kravetz’ win extends the Illini’s stay in Minneapolis With their backs up against the wall at the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois (34-17) came through.  Like yesterday, it was a tight, 3-2 ballgame but this time, Illinois came up on top.  They defeated Michigan (29-27) who are already eliminated from this year’s double-elimination tourney, losing […]

Midweek Report: Two re-matches on the schedule

Illinois baseball had a pretty rough Sunday against Michigan. In game 1, they were shut out for the third time this year, 3-0.  Pete Cappetta did manage to bang out two hits in the losing cause.  John Anderson does deserve some credit for his eight inning complete game where he only gave up seven hits […]

Illini offensive surge takes down Michigan, 9-2

Why is this man smiling? Because today, he got a lot of offensive support.  As a result, Illinois defeated Michigan 9-2.  Kevin Johnson pitched a gem Friday afternoon striking out eight Wolverine batters.  It was a complete game giving the bullpen some rest.  Johnson’s win today was only his second despite a nifty 3.16 ERA. […]