Sweep! Illini pitching key in tourney wins in Gainesville

  Now even I’m quite impressed after this weekend’s performance by the Illini down in Gainesville, Florida.  After starting the year 2-4 they once again heading down to south, always considered college baseball territory. Indeed, they were going to face #23 University of Florida twice in a four game tournament…

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Illinois rebounds against Coastal Carolina, 5-4

Ryan Nagle: Eight rbis for the season With help from sophomore Ryan Nagle’s bat, Drasen Johnson got his first win of the season against a tough Coastal Carolina baseball team.  Nagle helped the cause with a 3-run double in the fifth inning.  It wasn’t easy especially coming off a disappointing…

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Kravetz helps keep Illinois in the Tourney

John Kravetz’ win extends the Illini’s stay in Minneapolis With their backs up against the wall at the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois (34-17) came through.  Like yesterday, it was a tight, 3-2 ballgame but this time, Illinois came up on top.  They defeated Michigan (29-27) who are already eliminated from…

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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 vs Oakland doubleheader: A tale of two baseball games

  Jordan Parr is welcomed at home by Justin Parr and Michael Hurwitz after hitting his fourth homerun of the year You could say Illinois Baseball’s two games against the Oakland Grizzlies in Saturday’s doubleheader were like night and day.  Game 1 was a long drawn affair which it seemed…

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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…

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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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Illinois rally in ninth to defeat Bears 4-3

Wow! That was a tight game.  Illinois (8-4) squeaked one by the Baylor Bears tonight by the score of 4-3 on a 2-run ninth inning comeback rally.  GameTracker has never been so enthralling (it tickles me when the home team on GameTracker comes back on the field just after losing…

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Sweep not in the cards for Illini at UTA-Hilton Invitational

The fourth time wasn’t a charm for Illinois at the UTA/Hilton Invitational as they lost a close one to Texas-Arlington 6-5.  The Illini fought hard in this one… they were behind 5-0 before they put together a five-run rally to tie the game.  A sac fly by the Mavs in…

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Illinois leave Keith LeClair Classic on winning note

Illinois Baseball finished strong at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina this weekend.  After an initial loss to the East Carolina Pirates and a win versus the Ohio Bobcats the next day, they followed that up with two more wins to close out the tournament against the New…

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