The Illinois baseball team is set to take on in-state rival Illinois State in a three-game series at Illinois Field this weekend. Friday is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. CT with Saturday and Sunday slated as 1 p.m. CT starts.
Illinois (14-4) is ranked No. 23 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Illini were riding a seven-game winning streak before a loss Wednesday at Saint Louis. Illinois and SLU split a two-game series Tuesday-Wednesday.
Illinois State (13-6) has won six of its last seven, sparked by a win in a three-game series finale at No. 1 Vanderbilt. The Redbirds swept Central Michigan in three games last weekend before shutting out UIC in their midweek game Tuesday. The shutout was Illinois State's second of the season. The Redbirds are hitting .312 as a team on the season which is good for 10th nationally.