Illini offense in a slump


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The Illinois baseball team has hit a midseason slump. The Illini have lost six of their last eight games.

The biggest problem has been the offense. Illinois has only scored 23 runs over that eight game span, an average of less than three runs per game. Before the rough patch, they were averaging 6.8 runs per game.

“We need to get a few things going,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. “Our offense hasn’t scored a lot of runs over the past two and a half weeks and for us to be successful at a high level we need to get everything kind of clicking and offensively right now is something that we’ve talked about a little bit and we’re working hard to get moving.”

“I’d say pitch selection honestly,” junior Bren Spillane added. “A lot of guys are swinging at bad pitches and when they do that it’s going to be a lot tougher because you’re getting yourself out rather than the pitcher. It’s two people trying to get you out, rather than one.”

The Illini host Southern Illinois for a game at 6:00 on Tuesday.

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