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Sophomore shortstop Branden Comia fields a ground ball at a game against Northwestern on March 28. The Illinois baseball team will play four games this weekend against Purdue and Michigan State at Illinois Field.

Illini set to host Purdue, Michigan State in four-game series at Illinois Field

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

In this COVID-shortened season, pods are only played on the weekends, allowing the Illinois baseball team to receive an ample amount of recovery time. The elimination of the midweek games lends the Illini...

Sophomore Branden Comia runs to first base after a hit on March 26. The Men’s Baseball Team has to reschedule their game against Indiana because of bad weather.

Illinois falls to Indiana after weather delays, inconsistent pitching

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Plagued by storms and rain all weekend, Illinois baseball’s three-game series at No. 24 Indiana was shortened to just two games, as Sunday’s weather forced a postponement. The Illini left Bloomington...

Sophomore Justin Janas hits the baseball during the Illinois game against Northwestern on March 26. Janas used the offseason to become one of the top hitters on the team.

Janas becomes top Illini hitter after transforming body, mindset

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

In Illinois’ shortened 2020 season, then-freshman Justin Janas recorded just six at-bats, failing to connect on any. When COVID-19 canceled the remainder of the season, Janas had two options: cruise...

Freshman Peyton Hutchings pitches in a game against Northwestern on March 27. The Illinois baseball team lost their series to the Cornhuskers this weekend.

Illini drop grueling series against Cornhuskers

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

Each game in this weekend's pod against Nebraska was a rubber match. The Illini opened this weekend's pod play in a grudge match against the Cornhuskers on Friday. Illinois took the lead twice in late...

The Illinois baseball team celebrates after coming off the field during a game against Northwestern on March 26. The team is preparing to host Nebraska this weekend at Illinois Field.

Illinois prepares to host No. 1 Nebraska

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

In their fifth pod of the season, the Illini will host their second series at Illinois Field this weekend. On Friday, Illinois will open up a three-game series against Nebraska, the No. 1 team in the Big...

Jackson Raper celebrates with teammates at home plate after hitting a home run against Northwestern Friday at Illinois Field. The Illini beat the Wildcats 12-8 Friday but ultimately lost the series 2-1.

Illini drop first home series to Wildcats

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer March 28, 2021

The Big Ten’s top two hitting teams squared off in Champaign this weekend for a three game series. Illinois (7-8), who played its first home series of the season, took game one on Friday, but Northwestern...

Junior Nathan Lavender winds up for a pitch during a game. The Illinois men’s baseball team is set to play in Champaign for the first time in over a year against Northwestern today.

Illini set to play in Champaign for first time in over one year

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

For the first time in 388 days, Illinois Field will be used for more than a practice or intrasquad scrimmage. The last time Illinois baseball played in Champaign was March 2020 against Chicago State, when...

Senior Jackson Raper sprints to third base during practice on Feb. 26. The Illinois baseball team won and lost a game against the University of Michigan as well as suffering another loss against Michigan State in Ann Arbor this weekend.

Illinois splits games with Michigan, Michigan State

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

Illinois traveled to Ann Arbor this weekend facing both No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State in a four-game series. This weekend's pod opened with strong batting performances in a 7-4 win over Michigan Friday,...

Ty Rybarczyk pitches during a game on a sunny day. The Fighting Illini will take on the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans this weekend.

Illinois travels to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan, Michigan State

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

For the first time this season, the Illini will play two Big Ten opponents in its pod this weekend in Ann Arbor. The Illini will play Michigan on Friday at 3 p.m and Saturday at 11 a.m. before matching...

Branden Comia prepares for a pitch during the game against Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium on March 13. The Illini won the series against the Golden Gophers and are now 4-4 this season.

Illinois bounces back with series win at Minnesota

By Gabby Hajduk, Former Sports Editor March 16, 2021

After not earning a win until the last game on opening weekend, Illinois baseball headed into Minnesota with some momentum and used it to win the first three games of the series. Led by Ryan Hampe, Cameron...

Junior Ryan Hampe runs the bases during the Orange and Blue series on Nov. 2. Hampe and the Illini look to turn things around against the  Golden Gophers this weekend.

Illinois anticipates winning weekend at Minnesota

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor March 12, 2021

Heading into opening weekend, Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb didn’t feel his team had a good week in practice. Hartleb expected more focus and intensity out of his Illini squad, as they prepared to...

An Illinois baseball player slides into third base during practice on Feb. 26. The Illinois baseball team won one of four games against Ohio State this past weekend.

Illini baseball comes away from opening weekend with one win, three losses

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor March 9, 2021

The Illinois baseball team took the field for the first time in 362 days over the weekend, playing a four-game series against Ohio State down in South Carolina. While tight games went in favor of the Buckeyes...

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