Illini find their bats against Ohio State at Big Ten Tournament 6-5

On day after the #3 seed Illinois Baseball team (32-20) couldn’t find their bats in Game One of the Baseball Big Ten Baseball Tournament in Omaha, they turned it around.  At TD Ameritrade Park, they provided all the offense starting pitcher Kevin Duchene (left) needed against #7 seed Ohio State…

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Comeback again? Fletcher walk off, again? Unbelievable! Illini deliver sweep against Michigan State 10-9

Sunday was just another day in paradise at Illinois Field. For third game in a row, Illinois came back from behind to defeat Michigan State and for the second game in a row, Casey Fletcher hit walk off hit to win the game for the Illini. Fletcher’s hit in the…

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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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Comeback! Illinois wins a wild one against Michigan State 5-4

David Kerian is welcomed back to the dugout by starting pitcher Drasen Johnson after scoring the winning run As some of the Illinois baseball “oldtimers” who have shown up for this weekend’s alumni festivities can attest, there something about a Illinois-Michigan State series. Adam Walton slaps a triple to drive…

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Drasen Johnson shuts down Michigan 1-0

Drasen Johnson makes do with one run For the first time since 1969, Illinois Baseball has won two consecutive 1-0 shutouts.  Last night’s win against Michigan was behind the performance of Drasen Johnson who has gotten used to little support from the Illini offense.  Fortunately, one run was all he…

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Illini sweep the Wildcats behind Kravetz’ strong Sunday performance

Eight shutout innings for John Kravetz For the second time this weekend, the Illini shut out Northwestern.  On Sunday, John Kravetz pitched a career high scoreless eight innings for his third win of season.   The Illinois offense managed just one run today but that’s all they would need behind Kravetz’…

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Missed opportunities: Illinois drops Big Ten opener vs Purdue 4-3

Firstbaseman David Kerian flashes some leather during Friday’s game It’s spring break but the Illinois baseball player cut theirs short to host the Purdue Boilermakers for the Big Ten opener this weekend at Illinois Field.  Unfortunately, game one was no vacation.  The Boilermakers held off an Illini ninth inning rally…

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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 Baseball lose two after another shining performance from Duchene

Kevin Duchene: perfect through six innings on Friday Kevin Duchene may have done a great job of breaking in Itchy Jones Stadium on Friday but Southern Illinois Salukis reminded the Illini who it really belongs to on Saturday. On Friday, Duchene continued his 2014 pitching prowess, hurling one of his…

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Illinois Baseball ‘Topped’ by WKU in three straight

A hard luck loss by Drasen Johnson on Sunday Illinois starting pitching was on target this weekend but that wasn’t enough for the Illini baseball squad.  A lack of offense contributed to a sweep by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers down in Bowling Green.  After an uplifting tournament a week ago,…

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