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 […]

Entering the homestretch: Illinois travels to Maryland

Dan Rowbottom celebrates after scoring on an error after his 3-run double on Wednesday against the Salukis As the Big Ten season enters the homestretch, Illinois is in need of some wins if it wishes to gain a Big Ten Baseball Tournament bid.  With three conference weekends left, they have a 7-8 Big Ten record […]

With 6-3 record, Illinois baseball still outplaying preseason forecast

Nick Blackburn leads the Big Ten with four saves Now that three weeks have passed, it’s worth a moment to take a peek at the Big Ten Baseball standings… Overall Conference W-L-T % W-L % Michigan State 8-1-0 .889 0-0 .000 Michigan 7-2-0 .778 0-0 .000 Minnesota 7-3-0 .700 0-0 .000 Illinois 6-3-0 .667 0-0 […]

Monday de-brief from a 4-0 weekend

Boy, there’s a lot to cover after a 4-0 sweep in which the Illini dominated as they did.  They are of course, tops in the Big Ten after the first weekend though Maryland and Ohio State did put in a 3-0 series.  The other new guy on the block, Rutgers went 0-4. But check this […]

Series loss against Huskers gives Illinois a #3 seed in tourney

Is Kevin Duchene slated for Game 1 of the Big Ten Tournament? It’s probably fitting that the two second place teams who entered this weekend would have one of closest series of the Big Ten weekend.  Both teams have had won their share of three game sweeps but I had a feeling from the start […]

Second place Illini guaranteed a #2 or #3 seed in Tourney

A little pressure has been lifted off the Illini for the time being, at least. Illinois is now guaranteed a #2 or #3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.  Illinois Baseball puts it simply on Twitter…   As far as the top three, it really is that simple.  Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska have distanced themselves […]

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 […]

Week 2 Big Ten Baseball recap

  First of all, don’t forget to browse through Dewi Krug’s photos from last weekend’s Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach.  Great shots!  Friday’s game vs George Mason Saturday’s game vs Coastal Carolina Sunday’s game vs Connecticut Up top, that’s Dewi’s photo of Saturday’s winner, Drasen Johnson getting congrats from fellow pitcher Rob […]

Big Ten recap: Minnesota jumps ahead

After just weekend, here are the baseball standings in the Big Ten:   Team Big Ten Record Pct. Overall Record Pct. Minnesota 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000 Iowa 0-0 .000 2-1 .667 Michigan State 0-0 .000 2-1 .667 Nebraska 0-0 .000 2-2 .500 Ohio State 0-0 .000 2-2 .500 Penn State 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 Michigan […]

Illinois baseball heading into the homestretch

Justin Parr:  Illinois’ Hit-man With last weekend’s 1-2 loss against Michigan State, things are getting a little more dire for Illinois Baseball.  There are just two more series left in the regular season.  While they are a respectable 9-9 in conference play, that’s still just good enough for 7th place.  They’ll need to step it […]