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Illinois’ Big Ten tournament hopes slim after loss to Iowa

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

May 18, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Time is running out for Illinois to make a move if it hopes to qualify for the Big Ten tournament, and its 6-5 loss to Iowa Thursday night did not do them any favors. Illinois (22-27, 8-14 Big Ten) must sweep Iowa (33-18, 14-8) during a Friday doubleheader and hope Purdue (three games) and Michigan State (two games) lose ou...

Gerber, team surge at end of baseball season

Gerber, team surge at end of baseball season

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

May 8, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

It is very common, and has even become a cliche, to describe something inconsistent as a roller coaster. In many situations, it works. But sometimes that’s not the best way to say it. But, for the Illinois baseball team’s season, it is pretty accurate. Despite a very young roster composed of mostly un...

Illinois baseball walks off to win game and series agianst No. 24 Maryland

Illinois baseball walks off to win game and series agianst No. 24 Maryland

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

May 7, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Buzzer-beaters are pretty common in basketball, hockey and maybe even football. But, a "buzzer-beater" in baseball is almost unheard of. However, that is exactly what Mark Skonieczny and the Illinois baseball team did Sunday afternoon as he hit a walk off two-run home run to win the game in the bottom...

Watson leads Illinois to upset over Maryland

Watson leads Illinois to upset over Maryland

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

May 6, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith rolled over on a fastball and hit a grounder at Illinois second baseman Michael Massey in the second inning. Massey fielded it cleanly and flipped it over to shortstop Ben Troike, who threw it to first baseman Pat McInerney for the inning-ending double play. Illinois’...

Maryland crushes Illinois as Weber’s struggles continue

Maryland crushes Illinois as Weber’s struggles continue

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

May 5, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois pitcher Ty Weber nearly exited the first inning unscathed. Maryland third baseman AJ Lee instead caught the Illini’s defense by surprise. The sophomore laid down a bunt with two outs and the bases loaded in the opening frame. Illinois third baseman Trent Hammond could not cleanly make...

Illinois baseball returns home to face Maryland

Illinois baseball returns home to face Maryland

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

May 4, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois baseball team will return home from an eight-game road trip when it welcomes Maryland to Illinois Field on Friday night. It is the first series between the two teams in Champaign since Maryland joined the Big Ten three years ago. The Illini ride a three-game winning streak into the three-g...

Illinois beats SIU to extend streak to three

Illinois beats SIU to extend streak to three

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

After losing the previous two matches this season, the Illinois baseball team picked up its first win over downstate rival Southern Illinois Carbondale on Tuesday. This was the third-straight win for the Illini, putting them within four games of reaching the .500 mark on the season. Southern Illinois...

Massey wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week for second-straight week

Massey wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week for second-straight week

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Big Ten announced Monday that Michael Massey had won his second-straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. The second baseman hit .526 last week and collected three three-hit games. Massey is the second freshman from the Illini to win the award this year — joining Ty Weber — and is the...

Illinois baseball heads to SIU for final weekday matchup

Illinois baseball heads to SIU for final weekday matchup

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Coming off of a series win against Minnesota, the Illinois baseball team is heading to Southern Illinois for its final weekday game of the season. After a slow start to the season, the Illini went 11-7 in April to improve their overall record to 18-23 on the season. But, they still have a bit of...

Illini sweep doubleheader in series win against Minnesota

Illini sweep doubleheader in series win against Minnesota

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

May 1, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Heading into last weekend, the Illini were looking for their second Big Ten series win of the season. Illinois was 3-10 in conference play entering its three-game set against Minnesota, good for 12th in the Big Ten standings. If the season were to end, the Illini would have been out of contention for ...

Illinois baseball to face tough weekend in Minnesota

Illinois baseball to face tough weekend in Minnesota

By Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer

April 29, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Illinois baseball team is in its season's final stretch and will head to the Twin Cities this weekend to play Minnesota. With just 13 games left in the regular season, the Illini sit second-to-last — only besting Penn State for last in the conference. As it currently stands, the Illini will...

Illinois enters pivotal Big Ten series at Minnesota

Illinois enters pivotal Big Ten series at Minnesota

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writter

April 27, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois baseball is looking for a better result this time around after being swept last weekend against Big Ten foe Purdue. The Illini continue their eight-game road trip in the Twin Cities with a three-game series against Minnesota beginning Friday. Illinois and Minnesota are nearly at opposite en...

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