Illinois dogged by miscues and inexperience, drop last three in Carbondale

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Tough Sunday loss for Andrew Mamlic

I’m sure none of the Illini baseball players and certainly not Coach Hartleb could have seen a 1-3 weekend coming.  After a solid win behind starter Cody Sedlock and 3B Trent Hammond (3 for 3) on Friday, Illinois dropped the next game against the underdog Huskies on Saturday and the final two against the Southern Illinois Salukis. 

Despite good, solid starts from all four starting pitchers, Illinois could only come home with one win.  Errors on the field, lack of offense and inconsistent bullpen contributed to the three losses.  Illinois who started out 6-3, is now looking at a 7-10 record and is one game away from the Big Ten conference season. 

 

Quick summary of the Carbondale weekend:

 

Game #14 / March 18, 2016    
vs Northern-Illinois

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Random Ramblings

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Coach Hartleb is trying Dan Rowbottom (above) in left field and he’s responding with the bat.  Batting in the third spot in the lineup, Rowbottom collected seven hits over the weekend.  Row is now hitting a nifty .364 in 12 games. 

Four quality starts for the weekend and Illinois still manages to win just one.  I’ll give you three reasons… Inexperience, bullpen and lack of timely hitting.  I’m sure we’ll get in stride when Big Ten season starts.  We have seen some good numbers from new guys and that is encouraging. 

I’m sure the boys can’t wait to play in home territory, either. 

 

Next up

Illinois has its first midweek game on Tuesday.  They travel to Normal to play the Redbirds of Illinois State.  Game time is an early 4:30pm start. 

Next weekend is the home opener!  Not only that, it’s the Big Ten opener as well.  Illinois will host Penn State at Illinois Field for a three game set on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Game time on Friday is 6pm. 

See you at the ballpark!!


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