Spillane on a hot streak as #24 Illinois gore CSUN Matadors, 12-7

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Bren Spillane: 14 rbis in the last four games

There’s nothing like taking a lunch break at Illinois Field to watch #24 Illinois Baseball!  I just I could have stayed longer to see more of the Bren Spillane show! 

That’s right, Spillane who had eight hits and three homeruns on Saturday, continued his streak in #24 Illinois’ midweek game against Cal State Northridge (9-11).  Spillane contributed two homeruns and drove home eight runs in today’s win against CSUN. 

You can read FightingIllini.com’s wrap-up here.  Illinois ups their record to 12-5 before they move on to Big Ten conference play this weekend against Northwestern. 

 

Game #17 / March 21, 2018  
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Illinois’ top four of the order went a combined 9 for 15.  That includes (in order) Zac Taylor, Ben Troike, Jack Yalowitz and of course, Bren Spillane.  With Spillane’s eight rbis, it probably goes without saying but they all scored runs too.  They accounted for eleven of the twelve runs scored in the game. Yalowitz crossed the plate four times. 

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Spillane drives home a run in the first inning

Quinten Sefcik earned his first win of 2018 giving up a run in two inning.  Ryan Schmitt, Zack Jones and Sean Leland wrapped things up allowing just one combined run in 3 1/3 innings while striking out five Matadors. 

Box Score

 

Random Ramblings

How about a Bren Spillane watch now?  Here’s his stats since last weekend…

 

Bren Spillane:  4 G 17 AB, 11 H, 14 RBI, 7 R, 5 HR, 3 2B, 2 SB

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an Illinois baseball on a hot streak like this.  Spillane now has a total of 29 rbis for the season which leads the Big Ten.  How high is that? Last year, only three Illini had as many for the WHOLE season.

 

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Ryan Kutt gets his first start for Illinois

 

I was interested to see freshman Ryan Kutt today.  It was his first start for the Illini and every report I’ve heard says good thing about the Brother Rice alum (he was a teammate of Michael Massey in high school). 

Kutt got into a little trouble giving up a longball in the second inning.  However, there’s nothing to show that he couldn’t develop into something great off the mound for the Illini.  He also did well with the bat at Brother Rice so that is always an option too. 

Also, with a few home games under our belt, you will now see photos from this season populating the right sidebar.  Feel free to click on any of them to go to the Illinois Baseball Report photo gallery. 

Here are my photos for today’s game against CSUN. 

 

Next up:  This weekend, Illinois heads into their first Big Ten weekend.  They will travel north to face conference opponent Northwestern at Evanston. 

Game time on Friday is 3pm. 

 

See you at the ballpark! 


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