Illinois-Minnesota: DH Sweep!

Yes, that is exactly what the doctor ordered!  After a five straight losses, we needed a couple wins to get us back on track and that’s exactly what we got against Minnesota on Saturday. 

The first game seemed to be outlet of pent-up burst of energy and frustration (not to mention offense) as the Illini crushed the Gophers 15-2.  Everything clicked on all cylinders… hitting and pitching. 

Major kudos to DH Daniel Webb who cranked two homers and went 3 for 5 with 3 rbis.  Dom Altobelli also parked one to go along with his 3 rbis.  Craig Lutes went 3 for 5 with 2 runs and an rbi.

Webb’s two homeruns was the first multi-homerun game by an Illini this year, by the way.

Kevin Manson was very efficient allowing 2 runs, 6 hits and only one walk in eight innings for the “W”.

Game 2 was no blowout it was a good solid win.  Illinois took the Gophers 7-3.  The Illini were pretty much in control of the game for the duration.  Scott Shaw pitched 4 1/3 solid innings allowing one run.  Catcher Aaron Johnson homered for the second time this season.  Brandon Wikoff contributed by going 2 for 4 with 3 runs and 2 rbis.

SB record in Hud’s sights?

Kyle Hudson stole three more bases.  Add the one from the first game and he’s got 31 for the season.  The team record is held by his buddy and former teammate Shawn Roof with 40.  No doubt at this pace, that record is in danger.  Also, at the beginning of the weekend, Hud was two behind national leader in SB.

You can read the official wrap up of the games at  Also, Michael Schroeder has posted Diamond Notes #6 for anyone to read. 

Up Next:  One more doubleheader today at Siebert Field starting at 11:05am.

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