Illini go on Spring Break

After last weekend’s canceled series against Texas Tech, the University of Illinois baseball team heads south for spring break.  Their destination is the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida where they will play five games.  In between, they will take on Miami of Ohio at Ed Smith Stadium (the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training grounds) on Saturday and University of Northern Iowa at Manatee Community College on Thursday.  

What it comes down to is a busy seven game run in eight days.  The good news is that Illinois is 6-1 against the teams they will be facing (their one loss is against Central Connecticut State).  That bodes well for the good guys who have a chance to improve their 2-4 record. 


Date Opposing Team Location
March 14 Eastern Kentucky Academy Park
March 15 Miami (OH) Ed Smith Stadium
March 16 Akron Academy Park
March 18 Maryland-Baltimore County Academy Park
March 19 Kansas Academy Park
March 20 Northern Iowa Manatee Community College
March 21 Central Connecticut State Academy Park


Thanks to his six game hitting streak, Kyle Hudson is hitting .421 so far this young season.  He also has a .522 OBA and 3 steals which might have prompted Coach Hartleb to move him from his usual #9 spot in the order to leadoff two weeks ago against UI-Chicago.  We’ll see what he does with him this coming week. 

The Illini have been out-homered 0 to 6 in the first six games.  I went to the Orange-Blue Series last fall so I know they’re capable of hitting it out.  Again, we’ll see what happens this week.


Go Illini!!

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