NCAA Baseball News

Illini Baseball Set for Midweek Clash at Illinois State

Illini Baseball Set for Midweek Clash at Illinois State







Probable Starting Pitchers
Day Illinois Illinois State
Tue. 5 p.m. CT LHP Sam Reed (1-1, 11.49) RHP Thomas Harper (3-0, 6.65)

PREVIEW

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois baseball begins a four-game road swing with an in-state midweek showdown against Illinois State at Duffy Bass Field. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. CT.

The Orange and Blue are coming off of a series sweep of Penn State at Illinois Field, pushing their winning streak to a season-high five games. It’s the Illini’s longest winning streak since 2022 and they improve to 7-1 at Illinois Field in 2024.

LHP Sam Reed (1-1, 11.49) is set to get the ball for the Illini and make his third start of the season.

SERIES HISTORY

vs. Illinois State

  • Record: 58-35 (H: 33-18, A: 25-17, N: 0-0)
  • Last: W, 16-5 (4/11/23 at Normal, Ill.)
  • Illini have won 11 of the last 14 matchups, dating back to 2015
  • Illini have won one of last three on the road

NOTES

MIDWEEK ACTION AT PENN STATE

Illinois baseball begins a four-game road trip with a midweek showdown at Illinois State.

The contest can be streamed on ESPN+.

Scott Beatty will call the action for the Illini on the Busey Bank Illini Sports Network (1400 AM/93.9FM). Streaming, audio, and stats links are also available at FightingIllini.com.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

Illinois State enters the contest 14-11, coming off of a weekend series sweep of Missouri State, including an 11-2 victory on Sunday. The Redbirds have gone 3-2 in home games this season.

INF Luke Cheng leads Illinois State at the plate with a .373 average to go along with three doubles and 11 RBI. Among starters, RHP Tanner Perry leads on the mound, going 3-3 with a 5.06 ERA (18 ER/31.0 IP) to go along with 31 strikeouts.

Illinois State went 20-30 last season, including a 9-18 record in Missouri Valley play.

ALL-TIME SERIES INFO

Illinois leads in the all-time series 58-35 and have gone 25-17 in games played at Duffy Bass Field. The two teams split the season series last year, with the road team victorious in each matchup. The Illini took home a 16-5 win at this facility in the last meeting between these two programs on April 11, 2023.

Illinois has won 11 of the last 14 matchups overall, dating back to 2015.

B1G WEEKEND IN CHAMPAIGN

Illinois continued its hot start to Big Ten play by…

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at University of Illinois Athletics…