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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...

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...

Illinois falls 2-1 in extras at Indiana

Illinois falls 2-1 in extras at Indiana

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 29, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

While the Illini were able to squeeze out a 3-2 victory in the series opener at No. 15 Indiana on Friday, it was the Hoosiers who were able to survive a tight, 12-inning affair between the two rivals on Saturday. After Bren Spillane walked to lead off the ninth, right fielder Jack Yalowitz singled to cen...

Fletcher glad to give back to Illinois

Fletcher glad to give back to Illinois

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Fletcher family has a storied legacy within the Illinois baseball program, so it came as no surprise in 2014 when Casey Fletcher transferred to Illinois from Kankakee Community College. His father, Darrin Fletcher, was an All-American at Illinois in the 1980s and holds the program records for both career a...

Illinois has dropped four of last five with loss to Bradley

Illinois has dropped four of last five with loss to Bradley

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 25, 2018


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

Tuesday night, Illinois dropped another non-conference matchup at home as Bradley (24-9) handed Illinois a 4-3 loss in an 11-inning affair. The loss was Illinois’ fourth in its last five games after the team dropped a midweek contest to Valparaiso last Tuesday and two of three in a series against ...

Illini drop tough weekend series

Illini drop tough weekend series

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois baseball kicked off its three-game weekend series against Grand Canyon University with split games. In the first matchup, the Illini fell in a 5-1 loss due to an uneventful first few innings.  Grand Canyon’s ace pitcher Jake Wong, the No. 44 college prospect, according to D1Baseball.com, held ...

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...

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