Rainy weather doesn’t stop Illinois offense, 12-3

26 games in a row:  Justin Parr’s infield hit to short breaks the record. Just as the game between the Illini and the Northwestern Wildcats began on Saturday afternoon, it began to rain.  It was a little mist at first but a steady rain soon followed.  The bad weather didn’t dampen the Illinois bats though.  […]

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.  […]

Summer leagues can have a lasting effect

Today’s number on the sports page of the News-Gazette was 44.  That’s the number of rbis that Adam Davis (left) accrued this summer while playing for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League.  That was good for sixth in the league.  He accomplished this in part behind a .328 average.  In case you’re wondering, Matt […]

Six Hoosier homers doom Illinois

Indiana came touted as a team with power and at least for Hoosier fans, they disappoint this afternoon.  They defeated the Illini 11-5 with the help of six homeruns.  Indiana never had the huge inning… no more than than three runs in a frame.  Also, Illinois managed to separate their rallies with goose eggs.  Indiana […]

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, […]

Giller helps Illini defeat Bradley

Under a full moon, the Illini got the win they needed to get back on track tonight.  They beat the visiting Bradley Braves 8-5. Giller was a triple shy of the cycle Mike Giller was the hero of the night.  Giller drove in a career high five rbis on three hits including a double and […]

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 have the offense tonight.  They […]

Illini crush Chicago State 18-2 in home opener

Wow, the University of Illinois baseball team sure knows how to put on a show for their home opener, eh?  The Illini crushed the Chicago State Cougars last night by the score of 18-2.  The outcome of the game almost seemed apparent by the end of the second inning.  By then, Illinois had gotten off […]

Illinois capitalizes on Akron miscues, wins 7-6

Today’s game against the Akron Zips was much like yesterday’s game against Bucknell.  Illinois fell behind early, caught up to tie later then it was a dogfight till the end.  The good news is that this time,  Illini came up the victor, defeating Akron 7-6.  It took some doing, though.  Akron almost outhit the Illini […]

3/16 Post Weekend Debriefing: Matt Dittman gets Big Ten Player of the Week honors

Let’s talk about the fun stuff first. Matt Dittman was awarded the co-Big Ten Player of the Week yesterday!  He hit .615 for the weekend with five rbis and scored seven.  Ditt’s timing was impeccable as his big game came in the 11-10 win against #12 Coastal Carolina when he went 4 for 5 with […]