Ready for the B1G, Illinois to take on rival Wildcats in conference opener

You can throw out the 12-5 record now.  On the eve of conference season, it gets real tomorrow.  This weekend, the Big Ten baseball season begins and Illinois travels to Evanston to take on their in-state rivals, the Northwestern Wildcats.  While Illinois is listed in second place behind Indiana (15-4),…

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

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…

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Spillane’s Saturday helps Illini to a series win over SIU

  For the third weekend in a row, Illinois reaped the benefits of Big Ten Player of Week performance.  With that help, they won two of three from the rival Southern Illinois Salukis at Itchy Jones Stadium.  It was firstbaseman Bren Spillane who hit the cover off the ball, collecting…

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Illinois baseball making big news after a productive weekend

  A week ago, Illinois baseball was playing .500 ball and waiting to make their move.  Well, a lot has happened in the last week.  Now, they are making big news! The Illini, now 6-3, swept the DQ Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Not only did they go 3-0 for the…

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Illinois baseball warming up with help from Bren Spillane

  Once Saturday afternoon came, Illinois got their bearings in Conway, South Carolina and found out how to win.  At the Brittain Resorts Invitational, the Illinois Baseball regrouped after two straight losses and won the last two games to come away even-steven.  They went 2-2 for the weekend and are…

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Illinois splits opening doubleheader

After a scheduling snafu, Illinois baseball split their opening doubleheader in St. Louis on Sunday.  It wasn’t easy. The original weekend series in Beaumont, Texas hosted by Lamar University was cancelled due to flight cancellations.  The Illinois baseball program re-scheduled with two new teams, South Dakota State and Austin Peay. …

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Illinois baseball rally against Sycamores falls short, 13-10

  It was hot day on Saturday with the temp reaching into the 90s.  Unfortunately, the Indiana State Sycamores offense got hot early and the Illini couldn’t recover.  The Illini were hurt by a Sycamore rally of eight runs in the second inning.  Illinois still made it an interesting game,…

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Fall season agrees with Illinois baseball: Illini defeat UIS 13-6

Last Saturday was our first official glance at the Illinois baseball team as they entered the short exhibition fall season.  They hosted sister campus team of University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars.  If this was any indication, the new Illini know how to score.  In the official nine inning game, the…

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Streaking Massey giving Illini an edge, series win over Gophers

To think at the beginning of the season, I was unsure of Illinois’ situation at second base.  With the departure of Michael Hurwitz last year and no heir apparent, it seemed like a hole that needed filling.  Well, Michael Massey has filled that hole admirably.  With six hits during Illinois’…

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Engel’s patience pays off against the Wildcats with walk-off walk

The last two Illinois baseball games have gone into extra innings.  Not only did the Illini win both of those games, Tyler Engel was responsible for the game winning rbi in both of them.  Yes, Tyler’s stock is rising.  On Friday night against the Northwestern Wildcats, Engel drove home Bren…

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