Illini Head to Illinois State for Tuesday Evening Game

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Probable Starting Pitchers
Day Illinois Illinois State
Tue. 5 p.m. CT RHP Calvin Shepherd RHP Colin Wyman

PREVIEW

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois baseball group heads to Normal, Illinois for a Tuesday night time midweek sport in opposition to the Redbirds. Illinois (13-12, 5-1) is coming off a collection sweep of Purdue this weekend at Illinois Field to enhance to 5-1 in convention play and transfer over the .500 mark on the season.

The Illini have gained 9 of the final ten video games in opposition to Illinois State since 2015 and 12 of the final 14 since 2012. In the final matchup, Illinois fell to the Redbirds in 13 innings at Illinois State in 2019. Freshman RHP Calvin Shepherd will make his first profession begin for the Illini on Tuesday.

Scott Beatty has the radio name on the Fighting Illini Sports Network. The sport might be streamed on ESPN+.

SERIES HISTORY

vs. Illinois State

• Record: 56-33 (H: 32-17, A: 24-16, N: 0-0)

• Last: L, 7-6 (13 inn.) (4/9/19 at Illinois St.)

• Illinois has gained 9 of final 10 since 2015

• Illinois has gained 12 of final 14 since 2012

• Illini have gained 8 straight at residence since 2011

NOTES

• Illinois travels to Illinois State to play the Redbirds for the primary time since 2019. Illinois has gained 9 of the final ten video games in opposition to Illinois State since 2015 and 12 of the final 14 since 2012.

Branden Comia has a team-high 13 multi-hit video games this season.

Cam McDonald has hit safely in 23 consecutive video games and has reached base in each sport this season (25 sport on-base streak).

• Illinois is averaging 6.96 runs per sport in 25 video games this season.

        » Illinois has scored 10+ runs eight instances, going 7-1 in these video games.

• Illinois has recorded 10+ hits in 16 of 25 video games this season.

• Illinois has scored six or extra runs in each win this season.

• Illinois ranks third within the Big Ten convention in group batting common (.288).

Cam McDonald leads the Illini in batting common (.367), hits (36), RBI (29), and SLG% (.571).

Branden Comia leads the Illini in OPS (.993), OBP (.426), whole bases (59),

Danny Doligale ranks seventh within the Big Ten in stolen bases (9-for-10).

Cam McDonald ranks seventh within the Big Ten in RBI (29), eighth in batting common (.367), and tenth in hits (36).

Cole Kirschsieper ranks seventh within the Big Ten in strikeouts (45), eighth in ERA (2.49) and fourth in innings pitched (43.1).

• Illinois is 5-1 to begin Big Ten play for the primary time since 2015.

• Illinois swept Purdue in a three-game collection at Illinois Field (4/1-4/3).

        » The Illini have gained the final six video games in opposition to Purdue relationship again to 2021.

• Illinois gained the primary Big Ten collection of the season at Michigan State, taking two of three video games from the Spartans (3/25-3/27).

• Illinois has scored 13 runs twice this season (vs. Butler on 3/15, vs. Wheaton on 3/23).

• Illinois gained their first collection of the season at Western Kentucky (3/11-3/13), taking two of three video games in opposition to the Hilltoppers.

• Junior catcher Jacob Campbell started the season on a nine-game hit streak (eleven-game hit streak relationship again to five/29/2021).

• Sophomore LHP Payton Hutchings earned his first profession begin and first profession win on February 20 in opposition to Kansas.

• D1Baseball Big Ten prime 2022 MLB Draft prospects: No. 5 LHP Cole Kirschsieper, No. 17 RHP Riley Gowens, No. 20 SS Branden Comia, No. 27 1B Justin Janas.

• Baseball America Big Ten prime 2022 MLB Draft prospects: No. 4 LHP Cole Kirschsieper.

• Perfect Game Preseason All-Big Ten group: 1B Justin Janas and C/OF Jacob Campbell.

• Perfect Game Big Ten prime 2022 MLB Draft prospects: No. 4 LHP Cole Kirschsieper, No. 22 C Jacob Campbell, No. 24 INF Branden Comia.

• Illinois has 24 returners and 13 newcomers on the 2022 roster.

      » Four newcomers are transfers: OF Tyler Thompson (Carson-Newman), RHP Johnny Czeslawski (North Iowa Area C.C.), RHP Tommy Green (Mercer), and RHP Jack Wenninger (Murray State)

• Illinois’ new $8-million, 26,000-square foot Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center is about to open in 2022.

UP NEXT

Illinois heads to Iowa City for a three-game collection at Iowa this weekend.


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