Castellanos helps Illinois tie series against Boilermakers

In Saturday’s game against Purdue (5-17, 1-1 Big Ten), the Illinois squad (13-11, 1-1 Big Ten) combined timely hitting with another fine performance by sophomore righty Ryan Castellanos to tie the weekend series 1-1.  Castellanos pitched his first complete game as an Illinois pitcher and improved to 3-1 for the…

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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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Preview: Illinois Baseball heads down to Texas for the YMBL Cardinal Classic

From Florida to Texas.  This weekend, the Illini baseball team head down to Beaumont, Texas to participate in the YMBL Cardinal Classic.  Our boys will be taking on the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the host Lamar Cardinals twice each (here are Lamar’s notes for the Classic).  The combined records of both…

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Behind Kravetz’ effort, Illini win against St John’s

The first win of the season is always nice but when it comes against a nationally ranked team, it makes it so much better.  Such was the case on Sunday when the Illini defeated #27 St John’s at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge in St Petersburg, Florida.  Illinois came back…

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Tilson signs with Cardinals, update on Parr injury

On Monday, Illini recruit Charlie Tilson finally made his decision and he chose to sign with the St Louis Cardinals who drafted him in this year’s MLB draft.  It might not have been an easy decision to make but the $1.275 million may have helped the 79th round outfielder make…

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Illini rally not enough in 12-7 loss to Ohio State

Davis Hendrickson takes a cut in Illinois’ 12-7 loss on Saturday Illinois took a while to get their offense going on Saturday… too long it seems, as they lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes 12-7. It almost looked liked Buckeye hurler Brett McKinney, who came into the game with just…

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Penn State slugs past Illini 16-9 in windy Big Ten opener

Will Strack struggles with his jacket in the strong Friday wind before the game. There was a fierce wind at Illinois Field Friday night.  Unfortunately, Penn State took advantage of it and Illinois didn’t.  The Nittany Lions cracked four homeruns and defeated the Illini 16-9. It’s not that Illinois didn’t…

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Indiana vengeance escapes Illini just once

The difference was night and day for the Illini.  Compared to Friday night’s game against the Indiana, our pitchers pitched well, we had good defense and we kept Josh Phegley at bay (1 for 9, 1 rbi, 1 run). Ben Reeser was one strike from a shutout Unfortunately, we only…

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Phegley and Co whip Illini 14-4

Note: Because of impending bad weather on Sunday, the two remaining games will be played Saturday as a doubleheader starting at noon. Something happened at Illinois Field that hasn’t occurred all year. Illinois lost. Josh Phegley It wasn’t a close game, it wasn’t a heartbreaker.  It was a train wreck. …

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