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Illinois falls to Nebraska in regular season finale, earns No. 4 seed for Big Ten Tournament

Illinois falls to Nebraska in regular season finale, earns No. 4 seed for Big Ten Tournament

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 20, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois was looking to sweep a Nebraska team that had no postseason to play for on Saturday afternoon, but the Cornhuskers rode a six-run burst in the seventh inning to an 11-8 win in the regular season finale. Things started well for the Illini, who got off to a 3-0 lead despite being outhit 15-8...

Illinois pours on the runs to beat Nebraska 13-6

Illinois pours on the runs to beat Nebraska 13-6

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 19, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois flexed its offensive muscles on Friday night in a 13-6 win over Nebraska at Illinois Field. The Illini racked up 15 hits, bursting out to a 13-1 lead that the Cornhuskers could not overcome. Sophomore Ben Troike extended his on-base streak to 53 games when he was hit by Luis Alvarado’s pitc...

Several Illini walk away with medals at Big Ten Championship

Several Illini walk away with medals at Big Ten Championship

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

May 18, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Junior Jonathan Wells set a new school-record (2.26 meters) in the high jump competition this past weekend when he won the event at the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Winning his second high jump title, and first outdoors, Wells is now the sixth Illini to win the gold medal at the outdoor Big Ten...

Gerber makes history in Illini’s series-opening win over Nebraska

Gerber makes history in Illini’s series-opening win over Nebraska

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 18, 2018


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

Illinois closer Joey Gerber made history Thursday night at Illinois Field, closing out a 5-2 win over Nebraska to tie the program’s single-season save record set by Tyler Jay in 2015. Like many of his save situations this season, Gerber came in with a comfortable lead. He struck out two of the batters...

Illinois club baseball looking to make postseason run

Illinois club baseball looking to make postseason run

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 12, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports

Payton Lykins won’t be at his college graduation. It’s not because he failed a class or for any academic purpose. It’s because he’ll be in Battle Creek, Michigan, with the Illinois club baseball team playing for an NCBA Regional title. After going 20-2 and winning the Great Lakes South Con...

Illini of the Year: Illinois baseball’s Bren Spillane

Illini of the Year: Illinois baseball’s Bren Spillane

By Gavin Good

May 7, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Coming into the 2018 season, there was not a lot of hype surrounding junior Bren Spillane and the Illinois baseball team. The Illini make up a team returning much of its talent, and Spillane was merely a player with potential. He had struggled to play well consistently in his first two years while ...

Errors help Ohio State take down Illinois and clinch series

Errors help Ohio State take down Illinois and clinch series

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 6, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois entered Sunday’s contest against Ohio State as the No. 5-ranked team in fielding percentage (.982). However, after committing a season-high four errors and gifting the Buckeyes eight of their 10 runs, that statistic is on the decline. Ohio State rode a five-run second inning to pick up ...

Illini split first two games of Buckeyes series

Illini split first two games of Buckeyes series

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

May 6, 2018


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

As the smell of the annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue wafted into the stadium, Illinois baseball took to the field for the first night of the Ohio State weekend series. After a pivotal third inning from the Buckeyes, the Illini were not able to come back in Friday's game in a 6-5 loss. Illinois pack...

Michalak thriving in first season with Illini

Michalak thriving in first season with Illini

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

When Illinois baseball head coach Dan Hartleb was looking for players to shore up his roster after an under-achieving 2017 season, one player from Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa, caught his attention. Hartleb had been disappointed with the production at third base, and he believed...

Nick Hardy setting the course

Nick Hardy setting the course

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Golf, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Senior Nick Hardy’s backdrop over the past 20 years has looked awfully green. The two-time individual Big Ten Champion is about to wrap up his record-breaking career on the Illinois men’s golf team and he has a lot to reflect on. Hardy helped lead the Illini to four consecutive Big Ten Championshi...

Illini seniors talk post grad plans

Illini seniors talk post grad plans

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field, Track & Field, Women's Sports

With commencement ceremonies and the Big Ten Championships just about a week away, the seniors on the Illini track and field team are entering their final weeks at Illinois. For some of the 18 graduating seniors, their career paths incorporate skills that were developed on the track team. For David Ken...

Illinois throttles Southern Illinois in 9-1 in-state showdown

Illinois throttles Southern Illinois in 9-1 in-state showdown

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

May 2, 2018


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

Southern Illinois struck first on Tuesday night, benefitting from an early error and a timely single to take a 1-0 lead, but it was all Illinois from there on. Bren Spillane opened up a three-run rally in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single before scoring from second on a Saluki throwin...

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