Illinois hosts St Louis for their "official" home opener April 2

…which means this time, you’ll have to pay to get in.  But first…

 

At this moment

Illinois is leading Southern Illinois in the top of 8th, 5-2.  Daniel Webb has gone 3 for 4.  Brandon Wikoff and Ryan Hastings both have two hits.  Wikoff came into game hitting .397 so he may have cracked the .400 mark joining Kyle Hudson.

Billy Barrett, who so far this season allowed 13 ER in 6 1/3 innings did a solid job.  He held the Salukis to two runs in six innings. 

Go Illini! 

 

Next Game:

Game #21

Tues 4/2 6:05pm

Record:  13-7

vs University of St Louis

at Illinois Field, Champaign, IL

 

On Wednesday, Illinois has their first (scheduled) home game against the University of St Louis Billikens.  We had two makeup games last week at Illinois Field.

Billiken?  What’s a Billiken?  Other than the fact that it’s a good luck figure, it’s a debated issue and there are multiple versions of the story.  I won’t go into it here but you can read about it at SLU’s website.

If you can make it out for the game, rumor has it they will be giving out schedule magnets.  Woo hoo!

See you at the ballpark!

 

Opponent: University of St Louis
Nickname: Billikens
Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference 
Head Coach: Darin Hendrickson (1st year)
Hometown: St Louis
Current Record: 11-12
Baseball Program website: Link
Players to watch: IF Mike Beal is hitting .344 and Tom Pinnell has 13 rbis with his .321 average. 
Team Fact: Coach Darin Hendrickson is an alum of SIU Edwardsville.

 

Update:  Illinois’ Mike Sterk pitched the last 3 innings to get the save.  Illinois beats Southern Illinois 5-2!

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