Illinois enjoyed a close win at Bradley tonight. Down by a run in the eighth, the Illini scored two to go ahead for good. Brian de la Torriente got the win in relief and Bryan Roberts closed out the game for the save. Final score: Illinois 11 Bradley 10.
Brandon Hohl hit two homeruns the first as an Illini. That’s the second time in two games that an Illini player not only hit his first college career homerun but did it twice. Adam Davis hit two on Sunday which were also his first as an Illini.
Mike Giller hit 3 doubles and drove in two runs and scored two. Aaron Johnson, Craig Lutes, Josh Parr and Pete Cappetta all had two hits. Both of Parr’s hits were doubles.
Don’t look now but Illinois is in first place. I say that in jest since the Illini are in a five way tie for the top spot after only three conference games. But chomp on this… they have won 10 of their last 12 games.
At roughly the same time Illinois will be playing Missouri at Busch Stadium, the Iowa Hawkeyes will take on the AAA Iowa Cubs. The catcher for the I-Cubs is none other than former Illini Chris Robinson. We’ll be taking on Iowa this coming weekend at their place so we need Chris to take em down a notch.
Speaking of the Battle at Busch, I’ve seen nasty weather predicted for tomorrow here in Champaign. But a look at the forecast for St Louis looks pretty good. Partly sunny and 68 degrees at one hour before gametime.