Rain a pain for tournament organizers

MINNEAPOLIS – For the second time this week, the Big Ten has adjusted the schedule of its rain-plagued baseball tournament.

After adding an extra day to the double-elimination event before it started Wednesday, Big Ten officials cut Thursday's three-game lineup to two because of heavy overnight rains.

The book on Marquie? He''s writing it

MINNEAPOLIS – He began his Illinois baseball career as an anonymous walk-on.

Almost a recluse, in fact. During every practice and sometimes even during home games, Craig Marquie could be found – if you looked hard enough, that is – toiling away in a batting cage tucked away in a corner of Illinois Field.

All-Big Ten baseball

Members of the three All-Big Ten baseball teams:

Illini earn honors

Illinois senior Cary Franklin, junior Graydon Oliver and assistant Bruce Berque each won regional awards Wednesday from the International Tennis Association.

Big Ten's system is strange

MINNEAPOLIS – Talk about mixed messages.

When Big Ten baseball coaches submitted their ballots Monday for the conference's postseason honors, Illinois freshman Andy Schutzenhofer earned a spot on the all-league first team.

Sprinter finds UI much more bearable

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Her times on the track were only half the reason Chequetta Bearfield ran off with Illinois' Most Improved Award at last week's team banquet.

What put the Nebraska native over the top were the strides she made in her studies.

D'Alessio: UIC coach, Fox spring into action

The late signing period came and went without so much as a peep from the Illinois men's basketball offices.

For the first time since Lon Kruger got here, Illinois coaches didn't spend the spring chasing a Leighton Nash, a Robert Archibald, a Halim Abdullah or a Sean Harrington.

Pitcher strong as iron

MINNEAPOLIS – They can sleep in late if they want. Or go spend hours at the Mall of America. Maybe even have time afterward to check out the new science museum in St. Paul that everyone around here is raving about.

Illinois' persevering baseball team earned itself the whole day off – if not the evening – today by outlasting Purdue 6-2 on Wednesday in a Big Ten playoff-opening thriller at Siebert Field.

Asmussen: Big leagues not tapping into Big Ten

Lou Boudreau, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield.

All current or future baseball Hall of Famers. All products of the Big Ten.

In the not-too-recent past, you could field a major league team of former Big Ten players and hope to have a handful of All-Stars. Not anymore.

UI''s recipe for tourney success

MINNEAPOLIS – Welcome to the your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine Big Ten baseball tournament.

If there's a favorite in this week's six-team playoff at Siebert Field, it's about as easy to detect as a staple in a grain silo.