A Good Day for a Ball Game

i.gif Today I took the kids to the first game of the doubleheader between the Northwestern Wildcats and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.

Last night’s game between the two was a laugher as Illinois won 21-4. Brian Blomquist pitched a complete game and Dusty Bensko hit a grand slam in their rout of the Wildcats.

Today looked like more of a battle as we settled in during the 4th inning and it was 2-0 in favor of the good guys. As soon as we sat down, the Wildcat 1B Mark Ori slammed one over the left field fence to make it 2-1. The guy next to us told me that we must be bad luck.

I think he was just kidding.

The Illini had nothing to worry about though. They scored a total of 9 runs and Northwestern could only muster one more. Illinois pitcher Jimmy Conroy pitched a complete game win.

Illinois 9 Northwestern 2


The cool thing about attending these games is how close we are to the action.


Starter Jimmy Conroy allowed only 2 runs in 7 innings.


Catcher Chris Robinson laced a pitch into right-center for a triple. The third base coach here is Head Coach Itch Jones.


High Fives all around after the win.

Update: Illinois won the second game 12-9 behind the hitting of J.R. Kyes who went 3 for 4 with a homer and 4 rbis.

Update: The Illini finished strong against the Wildcats winning 17-3. Illinois banged out 7 homers including 3 by Drew Davidson.

The four-game sweep cements Illinois in first place in the Big Ten.

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4 Responses to “A Good Day for a Ball Game”

  1. Please wake me when you’re done talking about college baseball!

  2. Ahh, Luke, i thought the action photos would keep you awake. :)

  3. i say I-L-L your response I-N-I!!! GO ILLINI!!! can’t beat funn at the ole ballpark!!! this is what baseball’s all about!!!

  4. Go Illini! I am an alum, and now I live in Tucson. I also co-run a fantasy sports website – http://www.sportscave.com. You should check it out for more fun/funny sports info & articles (much of which is Chicago-biased), as well as our own blog – http://www.sportscave.blog-city.com.

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