(WCIA) — Illinois Baseball has just one conference series left before the Big Ten Tournament.
After that is a chance at the NCAA Tournament. This weekend’s series against Nebraska will be Illinois’ last chance to add to its resume.
One key player to the Illini’s success so far has been junior Bren Spillane. He is by and far the team’s best hitter, batting over .400 and boasting a slugging percent of .954. He also has 20 home runs this season.
That means opposing teams will have to take a different approach to Spillane when he’s at bat. Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad shared how the Huskers plan to take on the Illini record setter.
“Don’t let him beat you,” Darin Erstad said. “He’s that good. He’s the Jake Adams out of Iowa type of guy, a Kyle Schwarber type of a guy where you try your best to make him get himself out. You just hope you don’t put yourself in positions where you have no option but to pitch to him. Obviously a fantastic player and we’re going to have to be very careful with him.”
Thursday’s game against Nebraska is set for 6 p.m.