CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — With their win over Purdue on Sunday, Illinois baseball clinched their spot in the Big Ten tournament. They’ve now won 12 of their last 15 Big Ten contests to move them to a tie for 3rd in the standings.
The Illini started the season by losing five of their first six conference games, getting swept at Purdue then losing two of three at home to Maryland. Since then, Illinois has won five series in a row.
“There were two games in there that I basically thought we threw away. We had opportunities to win it and just didn’t do a good job, so that was a little bit frustrating,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. “But our guys didn’t let that bother them. They didn’t sit there and panic, just continued to play and grind through things and now they’ve got us in a great position where we’re going to the postseason.”
“Nobody panicked, we all just stayed the course and stayed with our process and those first six games we just weren’t getting breaks and we weren’t creating our breaks but maybe a little bit snake bitten at times but like I said, staying the course and staying calm,” Michael Massey said.
Illinois closes the regular season this weekend at Michigan State.