April 14, 2014
| Illinois (18-13, 6-3 Big Ten) at Illinois State (21-11, 5-4 MVC)
| Game Time
||Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 4 p.m.
||Duffy Bass Field | Normal, Ill.
| Live Stats
||Mobile Gametracker | Original Gametracker
| Live Audio ($)
||Online or WDWS AM-1400 (Dave Loane & Matt Wille)
| Live Video ($)
| Game Notes
||Illinois | ISU
| Pitching Matchup
||ILL: Cody Sedlock (RHP, Fr., 1-1, 2.29 ERA)
ISU: Will Headean (LHP, So., 1-1, 5.48 ERA)
| Series History
||Illinois leads 47-31
| Last Meeting
||Illinois won 6-1 (3/26/14)
| Social Media
||@IlliniBaseball | Facebook
| Preview Interviews
||Coach Hartleb | Cody Sedlock
...has won the last three meetings with Illinois State
...is 10-3 in its last 13 games
...is 2-0 in midweek games in 2014
Illinois Heads to Illinois State
Illinois will travel to Normal, Ill., on Tuesday to face Illinois State at 4 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field. This game was originally scheduled to be played in Champaign, but the two teams flipped home dates following inclement weather for the first game, which the Illini won 6-1 on March 26 in Champaign. UI has won the last three meetings with ISU and owns a 47-31 advantage in the all-time series. Freshman Cody Sedlock (1-1, 2.29 ERA) will start for the second time this season against Illinois State and square off with lefty Will Headean (1-1, 5.48 ERA)
Last Time Out
After Illinois extended its season-long winning streak to six with a 1-0 victory over Michigan in the opener, the Illini dropped the final two games in the series to the Wolverines, 17-9 and 4-2, respectively. UI pitched back-to-back 1-0 shutouts (at Northwestern, 4/6 and vs. Michigan, 4/11) for the first time since May 16, 1969, which was part of a doubleheader against Michigan State and the only other time it has been done. Starter Drasen Johnson and closer Tyler Jay combined for a 1-0 shutout in the first game, which gave the Illini their longest scoreless streak of the season at 25 innings. UI gave up gave up a season-high 17 runs and 23 hits in game two and had four runners picked off in the finale.
Know Your Opponent
Illinois State has won three of its last four games and enters Tuesday's contest with a 21-11 overall record. The Redbirds are 5-4 in Missouri Valley action with series victories over Bradley and Indiana State. Second baseman Paul DeJong leads the offense with a .377 average and four home runs. ISU boasts a .289 team batting average and 3.40 team ERA.
Last Time vs. the Redbirds
Sophomore Jason Goldstein was clutch with two outs and finished a career-best 4-for-4 with three RBI in Illinois' 6-1 victory over Illinois State (3/26). Sophomore J.D. Nielsen was credited with his first career win following two scoreless relief innings as part of a staff day in which the Illini used six pitchers.
Goldstein Lights Up Midweek
Sophomore catcher Jason Goldstein has dominated during Illinois' first two midweek games, going 7-for-7 with four runs, a homer, six RBI and two walks. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten with a .366 average, sixth in the conference with a .445 on-base percentage and 12th with a .446 slugging percentage, which leads the Illini in each category. The Highland Park, Ill., native hit his first collegiate home run as part of a 3-for-3 day against Indiana State (3/18) and went a career-best 4-for-4 against Illinois State (3/26).
Walton Extends Streak to 13
Sophomore Adam Walton is on a career-best and team-high 13-game hitting streak while leading Illinois with a .422 (19-of-45) average over the past 13 games. Walton is hitting .292 with a .338 slugging percentage and .372 on-base percentage.