Illinois takes success on the road to Purdue this weekend

Mark Skonieczny bares his teeth as he legs out a triple Baseball is great.  Winning is even better.  After starting the season 6-16, Illinois baseball is starting to find its groove.  In their last twelve games, they won nine.  That includes a 2-1 series win over Northwestern last weekend and…

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Jay, Kravetz help Illini to sweep. Ten straight wins and now, first place!

John Kravetz and Tyler Jay combine for Illini’s tenth straight On Monday evening, #11 Illinois pitchers John Kravetz and Tyler Jay combined to shut down the Purdue Boilermakers in a pitchers’ duel.  The winning run came in the seventh with the help from the Purdue defense when Jason Goldstein scored…

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Johnson’s arm and Roper’s bat takes care of Purdue on Sunday 5-1

Six rbis for Reid Roper in the last two games The Illini cruised to their ninth straight win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday winning 5-1.  Starter Drasen Johnson had some help from Reid Roper’s bat.  Roper hit a three-run triple in the fifth inning to give Johnson and the…

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#12 Illinois sluggers bash the Boilermakers 10-5

Pat McInerney (27)is welcomed at home plate by Casey Fletcher after his 3-run HR in the first On Saturday, the Illinois offense exploded early for three homeruns and and ten runs as the Illini defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 10-5.  Starting pitcher Kevin Duchene pitched six solid innings and won his…

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Illinois close out weekend with Purdue victorious, 8-3

Casey Fletcher gets congrats from the batboy in the 3rd inning while Ronnie Muck watches on On Sunday, it was a warm afternoon and the Illinois bats were pretty hot too.  With the help of thirteen hits, the home team scored eight runs to defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 8-3 in…

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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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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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Justin Parr’s cycle drives sweep of Purdue, 17-6

  The Illini get a little defensive help from Brandon Hohl today It was a wild and wooly win for the Illini today against the Purdue Boilermakers.  While Ryan Castellanos earned his second win in a row, Justin Parr hit for the cycle and Reid Roper hit his third homer…

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