2018 Illini Baseball Schedule Announced

Champaign, Ill. — 2018 Illinois Baseball Schedule

» 51 games (plus two fall games)
» Feb. 16 season opener at Lamar
» March 14 home opener vs. Milwaukee
» March 23 Big Ten opener at Northwestern
» March 30 Big Ten home opener vs. Iowa
» Four Big Ten home series: Iowa, Rutgers, Ohio State, Nebraska
» Four Big Ten road series: Northwestern, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan
» Six first-time opponents: Texas Southern, VCU, Arizona, Presbyterian, Cal State Northridge, Grand Canyon


Day Date Opponent Location (Stadium) Notes
Fri. Feb. 16 at Lamar Beaumont, Texas Second trip to Lamar in two years
Sat. Feb. 17 vs. Texas Southern Beaumont, Texas First ever matchup vs. Texas Southern
Sun. Feb. 18 vs. Missouri State Beaumont, Texas 2017 Super Regional team
Fri. Feb. 23 at Coastal Carolina Conway, S.C. 2016 College World Series champion
Sat. Feb. 24 vs. West Virginia Conway, S.C. Illinois is 8-2 all-time vs. WVU
Sat. Feb. 24 at Coastal Carolina Conway, S.C. Illini took one of three at CCU in 2017
Sun. Feb. 25 vs. VCU Conway, S.C. First ever matchup vs. VCU
Fri. March 2 vs. UCLA Minneapolis, Minn. Played at the home of the Minnesota Vikings
Sat. March 3 vs. Arizona Minneapolis, Minn. First ever matchup vs. Arizona
Sun. March 4 vs. Washington Minneapolis, Minn. First meeting since 2001
Fri. March 9 vs. Presbyterian Greenville, S.C. First ever matchup vs. Presbyterian
Sat. March 10 at Furman Greenville, S.C. Played at the home of the Greenville Drive (Red Sox Class A)
Sun. March 11 vs. Michigan State Greenville, S.C. Nonconference game
Wed. March 14 Milwaukee Illinois Field 2018 home opener
Fri.-Sun. March 16-18 at Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb‘s alma mater
Tue. March 20 at Illinois State Normal, Ill. Illinois has won five straight vs. Illinois State
Wed. March 21 Cal State Northridge Illinois Field First ever matchup vs. Cal State Northridge
Fri.-Sun. March 23-25 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Former Illini assistant Spencer Allen is NU head coach
Tue. March 27 at Bradley Peoria, Ill. Second trip to Dozer Park in two years
Fri.-Sun. March 30-April 1 Iowa Illinois Field 2018 Big Ten home opener
Fri.-Sun. April 6-8 at Maryland College Park, Md. Illinois won series vs. Maryland in 2016 and 2017
Tue. April 10 Illinois State Illinois Field Illinois has won six straight vs. Illinois State in Champaign
Fri.-Sun. April 13-15 Rutgers Illinois Field Illinois won last meeting at Illinois Field, 28-13, May 10, 2015
Tue. April 17 Valparaiso Illinois Field Illinois is 16-3 all-time vs. Valpo
Fri.-Sun. April 20-22 Grand Canyon Illinois Field GCU moved to Division I in 2014
Tue. April 24 Bradley Illinois Field Bradley’s return trip in the home-and-home
Fri.-Sun. April 27-29 at Indiana Bloomington, Ind. Illinois is 49-45-1 all-time at Indiana
Tue. May 1 Southern Illinois  Illinois Field Last of four meetings vs. SIU in 2018
Fri.-Sun. May 4-6 Ohio State Illinois Field First meeting since Illinois won two of three in 2016
Fri.-Sun. May 11-13 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. Illinois won two of three at Michigan in 2017
Thur.-Sat. May 17-19 Nebraska Illinois Field Illinois clinched 2015 Big Ten title vs. Nebraska at Illinois Field
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