Illini baseball enter homestretch against #24 Maryland

  Critical Massey: Trying for 15 games straight Illinois baseball is returning home after a lengthy eight-game road trip to attempt a Big Ten comeback.  The Illini will be hosting first place Maryland (30-13, Big 10 13-5) this weekend at Illinois Field for three games.  On a current 13-7 winning stretch, the Illini are hoping […]

Illinois Baseball split doubleheader with Cornhuskers

Alex Lincoln lays down a bunt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th On Saturday, Illinois split a doubleheader with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  They won the first game 8-7 on a walk-off squeeze play by Alex Lincoln.  In the second game, there were plenty of base runners but Illinois couldn’t capitalize.  Nebraska […]

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 one win, was unhittable, literally.  […]

Illini shut out BlueBoys 7-0

Lee Zerrusen put up four goose eggs for the Illini Tonight, the Illinois baseball defeated Illinois College 7-0 behind a committee of pitchers led by Lee Zerrusen who pitched four scoreless innings.  Chris Pack got the win against the BlueBoys… Wait, stop!  Blueboys? How did Illinois College get the nickname “BlueBoys”?  Turns out I inadvertently […]

Midweek Report: SIU comes to town Wednesday

Win or lose, Brandon Hohl continues to clobber the ball Tonight, Illinois took their game on the road just a bit south of here and took on Eastern Illinois University.  The pitching fared ok but the offense just couldn’t get going as EIU won 4-1. Illinois’ one run came on a solo shot by (can […]

NIU Huskies take both from Illini

In the last two days, Illinois baseball took on the Northern Illinois Huskies on neutral territory twice in two different venues.  The ballgames were polar opposites of each other but end result was the same.  An Illinois loss. Thursday Thursday, the Illini played the Huskies at Rent One Park in Marion, IL.  With Kevin Johnson […]

10 Illini ballplayers named to Academic All-Conference team

Wednesday, the Big Ten recognized the academic achievements of 1,037 conference athletes from Spring 2010 by naming them to the Academic All-Conference teams of their respective sport.  Of the 79 baseball players honored, ten were from the University of Illinois.  Congrats to them all!   University of Illinois Spring Academic All-Conference Honorees John Anderson Jr. […]

Purdue’s Bischoff holds off Illini

A friendly reader told me I was a bit negative as far as the Illini’s chances for the tourney in my weekend preview.  She might be right.  I need to drink from the glass half full. Bischoff:  23 straight But tonight’s game didn’t help (you saw that coming).  Purdue’s Matt Bischoff had the Illini lineup […]

Wildcats Scratch Illini 11-4

Not a pretty scoreboard Well, the rains held off for tonight’s game against Northwestern (and the Bleacher Bum Barbeque) but the wind did not.  There was a stiff gale blowing straight out to left field.  Before the game, a few of us figured this would be a definite slugfest between both Illinois and Northwestern. Well, […]

Illini split Friday doubleheader with the Spartans

Friday, Illinois split a doubleheader with the Michigan State Spartans.  They eked out a win in Game 1 in 10 innings by the score of 4-3 but were outslugged 10-2 in Game 2.  In any other year, I would pretty much expect a split with the Spartans.  But this year, coming away with a split […]