Illini off to slow start in Big Ten play


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — After a 17-4 start to the season, the Illinois baseball team have lost six of their last nine games, five of those Big Ten contests to start their conference season 1-5.

Most recently is was a series loss at home to Maryland. The Illini salvaged game one of the double header on Saturday, but dropped two of the three games.

That puts them at 20-10 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten.

Illinois did get Zac Taylor back from injury this weekend, and Michael Massey played the field for the first time this season.

“We’ve got our back against the wall a little bit. We need to start winning Big Ten games. We’ve only scored 17 runs in six games and we haven’t pitched well out of the bullpen or starts. It’s been a combination of things, we just need to play better on the weekends right now,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. “We just have to swing at good pitches. I was disappointed, I have been for a couple weeks, with the quality of at bats we have. Especially with guys in scoring position, we need to do a much better job there.”

Illinois travels to Illinois State on Tuesday.

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