CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois baseball is picking up steam at the right time.
After losing eight out of 12 games in late April into early May, the Illini won their last two series heading into the postseason. Look no farther than the offense to find out how they’re getting it done. Illinois averaged more than eight runs per game over the last two series, scoring in double figures in half of those games.
“We had a really tough schedule early on and we went out and beat some teams that are nationally recognized,” Jack Yalowitz said. “And then we had a little bit of a lull midway through April but that tested us and we know what we need to do to win ballgames and I think we’re getting hot at the right time so I think we’re ready to go for the postseason.”
“Well I think the past few weeks we’ve played extremely well,” head coach Dan Hartleb added. “We’ve had a couple hiccups here and there. You look at today’s game, we just didn’t pitch very well. But all in all I like the way we played down the stretch. We’ve put ourselves in a great position and gotten ourselves into postseason play.”
Illinois opens the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. against Indiana.