Illinois’ magic number was two heading into Thursday. Following an Iowa loss at Rutgers and a 6-3 win over Nebraska on Thursday evening, the Fighting Illini have reached that magic number.
Three more games. That’s all that remains in Illinois’ historic 2015 regular season. Winners of a program-record 24 consecutive games, including six straight Big Ten series sweeps, the Illini (43-6-1, 19-1) host Nebraska on the season’s final weekend. Illinois’ magic number is two, so it could clinch the Big Ten title as early as Thursday night, with a victory and an Iowa (37-12, 18-3) loss at Rutgers. Before the Illini open up their final series, BTN.com caught up with Illinois beat writer Scott Richey, of The News-Gazette, to get his take on the special season. Follow Richey on Twitter (@srrichey)
When you score 28 runs in a game, you need to do something special to commemorate it. The Illinois baseball team did just that with this video.
Illinois is the hottest team in the nation, and it's finally a top 5 team, according to the latest USA Today Sports Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday.
The Illini erupted for their most runs in a game since 2000 en route a 28-13 come-from-behind win over Rutgers on Sunday. The victory marked Illinois' 24th consecutive win, the nation's longest active streak.
Get to know Illinois closer Tyler Jay, who has become a dominant reliever in college baseball. Lightly recruited out of high school, the lefty and Illinois’ top prospect, talks about how his father helped him become the pitcher he is today. The Illini (40-6-1, 16-1), winners of a program-record 21 straight games, moved up one spot to No. 6 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday. Illinois swept Ohio State in Columbus this past weekend, marking its fifth consecutive Big Ten sweep. Its only Big Ten defeat came March 29 at Michigan State.
The Illini (40-6-1, 16-1), winners of a program-record 21 straight games, moved up one spot to No. 6 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday.
Winners of a program-record 21 straight games, the Illinois baseball team celebrated its fifth straight Big Ten sweep by singing some Maxine Nightengale on the way back home from Columbus.
This much is known: No team, in any sport, had a better month of April than the Illinois baseball team. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] The Illini, who clinched a perfect April by downing Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, finished the month 16-0, including 11-0 in Big Ten action. In all, Dan Hartleb’s team has won a program-record 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in college baseball and the second-longest this season (24, Texas A&M). The games haven’t been all that close, either. Just check out the tweet above for all of the stats.
Four Big Ten teams land in the latest Baseball America top 25 poll, headlined by white-hot and first place Illinois, at No. 8. Iowa comes in at No. 16, Maryland No. 21 and Ohio State enters the poll at No. 25.