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 […]

Comeback against ISU gives Illini win #30

Will Krug drives in two key runs against ISU On Tuesday night at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois scored seven runs late in the game to come back against the Illinois State Redbirds.  Down 3-2 in the eighth, the Fighting Illini offense scored five runs in the final two innings to win their 11th […]

Johnson’s arm and Roper’s bat takes care of Purdue on Sunday 5-1

Six rbis for Reid Roper in the last two games The Illini cruised to their ninth straight win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday winning 5-1.  Starter Drasen Johnson had some help from Reid Roper’s bat.  Roper hit a three-run triple in the fifth inning to give Johnson and the Illini a bit of a […]

Goldstein’s six rbis helps Illini in slugout with Eastern

#12 Illinois (25-6-1) continued their torrid hitting as they defeated their downstate rivals Eastern Illinois (1-24) by the score of 14-10.  Newly honored Big Ten Player of the Week Jason Goldstein didn’t stop his hot hitting.  He had a career high six rbis against EIU going 3 for 6 with a grand slam homerun.   […]

Illinois baseball wins comfortable game behind Johnson’s effort 11-4

Drasen Johnson wins #4 of the year There was no game winning homerun today. Nor was their any other late inning heroics.  There was no need for any. #15 Illinois (23-6-1) got off to a nice 6-1 lead by the third inning and never looked back against Northwestern on Saturday.  Behind the strong pitching of […]

#15 Illinois Baseball stave off MSU rally 13-9

John Kravetz improves to a career 21-7 record It was wild, wooly game up in East Lansing today.  After getting off to a 7-0 lead, Illinois sustained a Spartan rally and prevailed in the last game against Michigan State, 13-9.  John Kravetz came out the winner and is now 2-0 for 2015.  He now has […]

Four and Ohhhh! Illini off to a spectacular start!

Johnson, McDonnell, Kravetz and Jay get the job done at the Cardinal Classic If there was any question as to Illinois baseball’s standing in the preseason polls, they have been put to rest.  The Illini baseball team shone in the Lamar University’s Cardinal Classic down in Beaumont, Texas winning all four games.  They team took […]

Spartans find revenge against Illini at Tourney, 2-1

Like almost every other one of his starts this year, Drasen Johnson did his part. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough. In Game One of the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, the Fighting Illini couldn’t get the offense going against Michigan State.  While Johnson struck out a career high ten batters and only allowed two runs […]

Seven Illini honored by Big Ten

Six fighting Illini baseball players were awarded with All-Big Ten honors yesterday.  In addition, two were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team…   Jason Goldstein, Catcher All-Big Ten Second Team Adam Walton, Shortstop All-Big Ten Second Team All-Big Ten Freshman Team John Kravetz, Pitcher All-Big Ten Second Team Tyler Jay, Pitcher All-Big Ten Second […]