Monday saw the 12th of 15 spring practices for Tim Beckman’s Illini. Here is one item that caught beat writer MATT DANIELS’ eye:
— lllinois conducted its first spring workout inside the Irwin Indoor Facility on Monday because of early-morning rain.
Illinois actually dropped three spots in the NCAA RPI rankings — from 25th to 28th — on Monday despite picking up four wins last week against Eastern Illinois, Saint Louis and Purdue twice. The issue? The opponents’ RPI, with the Panthers (284th), Billikens (111th) and Boilermakers (207th) not ranked all that highly.
CHAMPAIGN — Tyler Jay has done it all for Illinois this season.
The Illini coaching staff stretched out the junior left-hander early in the year for a lone February start against Lamar, but he’s spent the majority of his season coming out of the bullpen. He pitched as few as two-thirds of an inning (twice) and as many as 4 1/3 (once) in relief.
A fourth straight scoreless inning of relief for Tyler Jay (and two more strikeouts) gives Illinois a 2-1 victory against Purdue and its 10th straight victory. So that's it for another LIVE! Report from Illinois Field. Be sure to check out Tuesday's News-Gazette for more baseball coverage.
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The director of the University of Illinois Marching Illini has decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the same position at Ohio State.
What's the latest on the recruiting front? Do the Illini have a chance of landing Mike Thorne Jr.? If John Groce does, what does that mean for next season? Who were the big award-winners on Monday night at the team's annual banquet? Anything that's on your mind concerning Illinois hoops, beat writer Marcus Jackson has the topic covered.