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After a 6-0 start, the Illinois baseball team made its first appearance Monday in the D1Baseball.com Top 25, taking the last spot at No. 25. Illinois is 6-0 for the first time since 2015 when the Illini climbed as high as No. 2 in the national rankings.


Illinois (6-0) is one of 18 teams with an undefeated record after two weeks of the season. Eight of those teams are ranked, including Big Ten counterpart Michigan at No. 17.


The Illini have a big weekend coming up in South Carolina including a ranked matchup at No. 20 Coastal Carolina on Friday. It will be Illinois' first ranked-vs.-ranked game since the 2015 NCAA Super Regional against Vanderbilt and the first ranked-vs.-ranked regular season game since No. 6 Illinois swept a series at No. 23 Ohio State in May 2015. 

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