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Korte settling into starting catcher role

Korte settling into starting catcher role

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 19, 2018


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

After the 2017 season, when the Illinois baseball team went 23-28, head coach Dan Hartleb knew he needed to make improvements at a number of positions. Perhaps one of the biggest questions facing his team as it entered this season was surrounding the catcher role.  More than halfway through the year,...

Illinois drops midweek contest to Valparaiso

Illinois drops midweek contest to Valparaiso

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois dropped its five-game win streak Tuesday night against Valparaiso 7-11 after struggling to find a source of reliable pitching. The result was frustrating for a team that had just broken back into the national rankings, coming in at No. 25 in Baseball America’s poll. Starting sophomore pi...

Illinois takes down Rutgers to secure series sweep

Illinois takes down Rutgers to secure series sweep

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Rutger's promising start against Illinois on Sunday was short lived. The Scarlet Knights opened, scoring with a first-inning double, but quickly fell to the Illini's bats. In the third inning, sophomore Michael Massey hit a grand slam just over the center field wall to break the game open and give Ill...

Illini top Rutgers in high scoring game

Illini top Rutgers in high scoring game

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

April 14, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

With one of the strongest starts that the Illini have had this season, scoring nine runs in the first inning, the baseball team walked away with a 13-12 victory in the first of the three-game weekend series. “It was a fun win,” Jeff Korte said. “It wasn’t how we pictured, but we got the win an...

Illini to face Knights over weekend

Illini to face Knights over weekend

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

To kick off the first weekend of a nine-game homestead, the Illinois baseball team will take on Rutgers for a three-game series over the weekend. Illinois (20-8, 6-3 Big Ten) and Rutgers (17-11, 4-2 Big Ten) are meeting for the first time this season. Rutgers ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten, just below t...

Fisher adjusting to starting role with Illini

Fisher adjusting to starting role with Illini

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

When pitcher Andy Fisher left Bowling Green, Ohio, for Charleston, Illinois, the home of Eastern Illinois University, he did not imagine he would end up about 50 miles north a couple of years later. Much less, as a regular starter for a 20-8 Illinois team. It wasn’t until he actually faced Illinois...

Illinois earns midweek victory over in-state rivals Illinois State

Illinois earns midweek victory over in-state rivals Illinois State

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois and Illinois State were supposed to have a home-and-home this season, but due to cold temperatures, the two teams were only held to one meeting. On Tuesday evening at Illinois Field, the Illini made sure they’d have bragging rights over their in-state rivals, locking in a 4-2 victory in ...

Fisher, Illinois baseball takes weekend series against Maryland

Fisher, Illinois baseball takes weekend series against Maryland

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

April 9, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois baseball team continued in Big Ten play this weekend, traveling to College Park to play Maryland. The teams opted for a doubleheader on Friday and one game Sunday to avoid the cold weather on Saturday. As expected, Bren Spillane started the 10-6 win in the first game. The Perfect Game M...

Illinois splits Maryland doubleheader

Illinois splits Maryland doubleheader

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

April 7, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois baseball team continued in Big Ten play this weekend, traveling to College Park, Maryland. The teams opted for a doubleheader on Friday and one game Sunday to avoid the cold weather on Saturday. As expected, Bren Spillane kicked off the 10-6 win in the first game. After being n...

IOTW: Bren Spillane continues to surprise the nation

IOTW: Bren Spillane continues to surprise the nation

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 5, 2018


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

For Illinois first baseman Bren Spillane, the numbers speak for themselves. Fourteen home runs, 28 extra base hits, 12 stolen bases, a .494 batting average and a 1.149 slugging percentage. And that’s just the beginning of the historic season the Illini junior is putting together. Spillane had a ...

Allegretti, offensive line shooting for improved 2018

Allegretti, offensive line shooting for improved 2018

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 2, 2018


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

For Luke Butkus and the Illinois football offensive line, it all comes down to toughness. Trying to build a winning program often starts in the trenches. Succeeding against well-coached, physical Big Ten defenses can come down to whether the offensive line can provide the protection needed for an o...

Spillane stays hot in win as Illini avoid Iowa comeback

Spillane stays hot in win as Illini avoid Iowa comeback

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

By the time the Iowa Hawkeyes put their comeback together, the Illini’s lead was already insurmountable. Illinois held on for a 13-12 victory against Iowa at Illinois Field in the second matchup of a three-game series on Saturday. After the Illini dropped their Big Ten home opener 8-5 the previous day, they were mot...

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