Four birthdays

Shawn Roof It’s Birthday time for Illini baseball players!  Today, on August 3, four former Illini will celebrate birthdays.  Happy Birthday to Ryan Hastings, Ty Milner, Shawn Roof and Scott Shaw.  Milner and Shaw were even born on the exact day.  So if you know any of these guys, wish them a good one!! Tags: […]

Illini comeback attempt not enough in Big Ten tourney elimination round

Ryan Hastings: 3 for 4, 2 doubles It was a valiant effort to be sure. But Illinois will not be playing any more games in the Big Ten Tournament and will be heading home. Indiana defeated them 14-7 earlier today in Day 3 of the Big Ten Tournament. Despite the score, Illinois made it interesting. […]

Illinois Twice-Boiled by Purdue but at least they’re Ann Arbor-bound

There’s good news and bad news.  Well, the good news is the Illini are going to the Big Ten tournament and we have Indiana to thank for that.  The Hoosiers swept the Michigan State Spartans in Friday’s doubleheader and thereby eliminating them from tournament qualification. So on to Ann Arbor we go next week! The […]

Illini leading 7-2 in suspended game against Buckeyes

Friday night games continue to be plagued by the weather.  Fortunately, Illinois and Ohio State were able to get a good six plus innings in before the game was called.  Even better, the Illini have a good head start on the Buckeyes leading 7-2. Starter Kevin Manson pitched a gem of a game allowing just […]

Illinois-Ohio State Preview

Next Game: Games #47-50 Fri May 9 5:35pm Sat May 10 12:05 (DH) Sun May 11 12:05pm Record: 28-18 Big Ten 14-10 vs Ohio State at Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio It’s getting close to crunch time.  Two more series left for the Illini this regular season; one against the team directly behind them and […]

Illini split with Northwestern

Joe Bonadonna’s always in a hurry Illinois split a doubleheader with Northwestern Saturday losing a squeaker 4-3 then in the second game, crushing the Wildcats 11-5 behind a pair of career-first homers by Kyle Hudson and John Schlichter. The kids and I got to the park just as fans were spilling of the stands after […]

Illini go a-hunting Wildcats; Win 14-4

Brandon Wikoff tips helmets with Kyle Hudson as on-deck Aaron Johnson watches on Illinois defeated Northwestern Saturday 14-4. Brandon Wikoff was the big producer going 5 for 5 for 5 with 2 doubles, a homer, six rbis, and four runs. Yes, that’s right… he was one base away from a cycle. I was standing next […]

Finishing Yesterday’s Business then the Slugfest continues… only it’s one-sided

Saturday, the Illini went 1-2. Not every day that’s going to happen. My plan was to go the ballpark to see the Illini finish up Friday’s game with the Nittany Lions and play their regularly scheduled doubleheader and was pleasantly surprised to see my buddy Brando had shown up to root on the Illini. I […]

UI defeat Illinois St behind backtop’s offense

Illinois didn’t look back after Aaron Johnson’s three-run HR in the 2nd University of Illinois scored early and often against Illinois State in their 10-4 win Tuesday night.  Much of their offense came from catcher Aaron Johnson who was 3 for 4 with 4 rbis and 3 runs. Johnson hit a three-run homerun in the […]

Illini take on Gophers this weekend

Next Game: Game #32-35 Fri April 18 3:05pm Sat April 19 1:05pm DH Sun April 20 1:05pm Record: 18-13 Big 10 6-6 vs University of Minnesota at Siebert Field, Minneapolis, MN It’s going to be a big series up north this weekend.  The Illini are one game ahead of the Golden Gophers in the Big […]