“Statement Weekend” awaits Illinois baseball


in Illinois. ((BRET))THE ILLINOIS BASEBALL TEAM IS CALLING IT A STATEMENT WEEKEND.THE ILLINI WELCOME 19TH-RANKED INDIANA TO TOWN FOR A BEST OF THREE BIG TEN SERIES STARTING TOMORROW NIGHT — THE HOOSIERS AND ILLINI BOTH BATTLING FOR POSITION IN THE LEAGUE STANDINGS AND THEIR NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDS AS WELL. WITH JUST THREE WEEKENDS LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON — IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING AT THE PROJECTIONS.BASEBALL AMERICA HAS ILLINOIS IN THE FIELD OF 64 RIGHT NOW — AND WITH AN RPI OF 21 — THEY’RE LOOKING GOOD.BUT THERE’S A LOT OF BASEBALL LEFT — AND WITH A TEAM LIKE INDIANA — WHOSE RPI IS 29 — THE ILLINI KNOW WHAT’S AT STAKE. GARRETT ACTON:”This is definitely a statement weekend for us. Indiana has an unbelievable program, they have for several years, and they’re ranked on the national stage. These are the types of teams that we have to beat to put ourselves on the map.”DAN HARTLEB:”You know it’s a series that if you can find a way to win it, it really does give you a great boost from a resume standpoint for the NCAA tournament and it’ll help your RPI as well.”FIRST PITCH TOMORROW IS AT SIX. ((BRET))MEANWHILE IT’S THE FINAL WEEKEND OF THE REGULAR SEASON FOR THE ILLINOIS SOFTBALL TEAM.IT’S MUST WIN

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