Illini Baseball 2024

#227      
I know nothing, but have to ask, there are 64 teams in the NCAA Baseball Tournament??? Must be single game, or max 3 game series, right?
64 teams divided into 16 regionals hosted by the top 16 teams. Double elimination regional, last team standing advances to Super Regional, which is a best of 3 series at the home park of typically the higher seeded team, winner advances to the College World Series.

Series is 8 teams in Omaha, NE, effectively split up into two double elimination 4 team pods, each pod winner advances to a best of 3 championship series, winner is champ.
 
#233      
64 teams divided into 16 regionals hosted by the top 16 teams. Double elimination regional, last team standing advances to Super Regional, which is a best of 3 series at the home park of typically the higher seeded team, winner advances to the College World Series.

Series is 8 teams in Omaha, NE, effectively split up into two double elimination 4 team pods, each pod winner advances to a best of 3 championship series, winner is champ.
Very helpful, thank you!
 
#235      
D1Baseball has updated their NCAA tournament projections today:
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Illinois is effectively placed as the last #2 seed here, which is actually well clear of the cut line. Still would like to see them avoid an 0-2 tournament week to be sure, but their bid appears somewhat safe for the time being.
Congratulations Illini baseball - way to go! First BT Championship since 2006. Illini doing great in 2024. Elite 8 MBB. Its golf and footballs turn next.
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#238      

danielb927

Orange Krush Class of 2013
Rochester, MN
NCAA.com moved us up to a #2 seed yesterday --- now in the Lexington region with #1 overall Kentucky. Think I might prefer the #3 seed in Terre Haute with Indiana State.

Shoot, yeah. That's kind of like moving up from a 10 to an 8 seed in the basketball tourney--technically an improvement, but practically maybe not when the Sweet Sixteen carries way more weight than making the Round of 32.
 
#239      
Granted I don’t watch a ton of college baseball, but this must be some kind of record for hit batsmen. Every half inning it seems.
Answering my own question, 9 hit batsmen. And no ejections, might have been a warning. Looked like a Little League game at times.

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#246      
bats were silent the whole game........
That's always the issue with great offenses/hitting. . . if the bats go silent, the pitching doesn't have a chance.

It's been a great year for them, and they have virtually no shot at making the College World Series (assuming they make the tourney), let's enjoy the ride.
 
#248      

2X2L

Metaluna
Losing as a one seed and regular season champion happens in tournaments. But eight straight opening losses? Man.

Please, Illini, don't count on homers.

Good luck in NCAA regional.

Please correct me if I'm wrong about opening losses.
 
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#249      

FlyNavy

Los Angeles
Losing as a one seed and regular season champion happens in tournaments. But eight straight opening losses? Man.

Please, Illini, don't count on homers.

Good luck in NCAA regional.

Please correct me if I'm wrong about opening losses.

Baseball is double-elimination, so it's a little more confusing. Did some quick wiki research: their last win was in 2018 when they advanced to the semifinals by beating IU, then lost to Purdue. Then in each of 2019, 2022 and 2023 they lost their opener AND their follow-on game in the losers bracket, which extended the streak to 7. Today was loss number eight. Tomorrow morning they will face whoever loses Michigan vs. Iowa (currently tied 2-2), and will hopefully break the streak.