Series opener with Boilermakers washed out

By Steve Contorno

For the seventh time this Big Ten season, the Illinois baseball team has seen its schedule altered due to weather. The team’s series opener against Purdue scheduled to be played at 6:05 p.m. Thursday was postponed due to heavy rains. The game will be made up this weekend as Saturday will become a double header following Friday’s twinbill.

Friday’s doubleheader will feature a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game, and Saturday’s will feature a seven-inning game and a nine-inning contest.

The Illini will attempt to win four games in two days to sweep the Boilermakers and move into second place in the conference.

Sophomore pitcher Kevin Manson (7-1) was expected to start Thursday.