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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#8 Illinois win first two against Nits at Happy Valley

Reid Roper has a team-leading 37 rbis With a 10-1 blowout victory on Friday and a record setting 15-inning win on Saturday, #8 Illinois (35-6-1) baseball took the first two games at Medlar Field against Penn State to extend their winning streak to 16 games.  With the win, Illinois keeps…

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McInerney’s 13th inning shot gives Illini a boost

Pat McInerney breaks the 1-1 tie with a solo shot in the 13th The new video scoreboard got a rude workout today as it took 13 innings for the #15 Illini to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats 3-1 at Illinois Field.  The cold Illinois fans have Pat McInerney to thank for…

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Comeback AGAIN! Fletcher and Illinois puts on another great show versus MSU 5-4

Saturday’s hero Casey Fletcher gets a congratulatory hug from Adam Walton while other teammates get in line Once again, Illinois performed a spectacular comeback show, defeating the Michigan State Spartans 5-4 with a key base hit by Casey Fletcher in the the bottom of the 10th inning. Indeed, the alumni…

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Illinois Baseball finish off Xavier 3-2, now above .500

After 13 innings and four hours of play, a baseball coach might look to some unconventional methods to do what it takes to win a ballgame.  That occurred in Sunday’s game against Xavier when Illinois Coach Dan Hartleb called for the suicide squeeze with Zack Kolakowski (left) at the bat…

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Illini end up on wrong end of 13-inning affair, 4-3

Kevin Duchene hopes his rally cap with induce some Illini runs Friday night, Illinois and Northwestern were locked in an back-and forth extra-inning battle.  The Wildcats eventually won the game 4-3 in 13 innings.  For a few innings though, I saw some of the most exciting baseball at Illinois Field…

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Illini finish sweep of SIU with comeback win in extras, 2-1

Illinois won a pitchers’ duel at Rent One Park in Marion against the Southern Illinois Salukis.  In ten innings, the Illini (13-4) pulled out a comeback 2-1 victory giving them six wins in a row and twelve in the last thirteen going into the Big Ten season.   Game #17…

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Freshmen pair key victory over SIU-E

Boy, that was a close one! Josh Parr drove in the winning run in the 10th inning Down 4-1, Illinois pulled ahead in the fifth by a run only to lose the lead in the next inning.  The Illini quickly tied it up and that’s where it stood till the…

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