Illini Travel to Michigan for Weekend Series
April 14, 2011
Illinois at Michigan
Game 1 Starters
Game 2 Starters
Game 3 Starters
Illini Line Drives
Bullpen Bolsters Illini: Despite a recent offensive cool-off, the Illini bullpen has been extremely stingy in a pair of mid-week games this week. Six pitchers have combined to allow only one run in seven innings of relief, a 1.29 ERA. Chris Pack, Matt Milroy, Will Strack and Wes Braun all had scoreless outings of one inning or more, while Luke Joyce didn't allow a run in 2/3 of an inning on Wednesday.
Illinois Snapped Skid with Series Victory: The Fighting Illini broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Iowa on April 8 before going on to win the series with a thrilling 11-7 victory on April 10, their first series win this year. But Illinois followed that series win with a pair of mid-week losses to Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois. Illinois has had three losing streaks of three games or more this year and one five-game winning streak.
Justin Playing Above Parr: Justin Parr has thrived after being reinserted into the starting lineup at designated hitter against Illinois State on March 30, hitting a blistering .475 (19-for-40) in the last 11 games with four doubles, a triple, five RBIs and eight runs. He hit ninth in the order at Penn State but was moved up to the No. 7 spot at Bradley on Tuesday, hit sixth on Wednesday and hit second in Illinois' last five games after his brother, Josh, went down with a hyper-extended knee during batting practice on April 8.
Hohl Does it All: Third baseman Brandon Hohl, who saw his batting average dip to .256 after the game against Northern Illinois on March 17, has caught fire in the last 15 games, going 23-for-55 (.418) with four doubles, a triple, four home runs, 18 RBIs and seven runs while making only one error, his lone miscue since the March 12 game at Western Kentucky, a string of 17 games.
Illini Travel to Ann Arbor for Michigan Series
The Illini are trying to shake off mid-week struggles for the second-straight week after dropping games to Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois. Illinois managed only one run on nine hits in those two contests, with it coming on a solo home run by Brandon Hohl against EIU. However, the Illini also dropped two mid-week games last week and fought back to take a Big Ten series from Iowa over the weekend.
Series History Against Michigan
*Complete series notes available in the above PDF