Illini go a-hunting Wildcats; Win 14-4

Brandon Wikoff tips helmets with Kyle Hudson as on-deck Aaron Johnson watches on

Illinois defeated Northwestern Saturday 14-4. Brandon Wikoff was the big producer going 5 for 5 for 5 with 2 doubles, a homer, six rbis, and four runs. Yes, that’s right… he was one base away from a cycle. I was standing next to Brandon’s dad when he got the second double to deep center. He was REALLY hoping for that triple, I could tell. Cycle or no, awesome day by Brandon.

Illinois starter Kevin Manson won the game, improving his record to 6-1.

Here is the game in pictures.

Starter Kevin Manson is third in the Big Ten in wins with 6.

We got there in time to see Brandon Wikoff hit his homerun. His 6 rbis puts him 3rd in the Big Ten with 51 for the season.

Bonadonna on first base…

and there…



The next time up, Wikoff got a little chin music…

…but he battled back for a single to right.

A lot more photos at the Photo Gallery. I’ll be there for most of the doubleheader today.

Important: Don’t forget… vote for Ryan Hastings for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. Fan voting counts toward 25% of the voting.

Here’s Ryan’s bio on the Award web site. Good luck, Ryan!!!

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