The Illinois baseball team (28-25) earned three straight victories to nab the Big Ten Conference title this year. The Illini went into the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed, after sharing the regular-season title with Michigan State. This was Illinois’ 29th Big Ten championship and second in the last seven years.
The win granted the Illini an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a four seed in the Cal State Fullerton Regional. This is the first time the Illini have played in the NCAA Tournament since 2000.
Illinois will face host Cal State Fullerton (40-15) on June 3, while No. 2 seed Stanford (32-20) and No. 3 seed Kansas State (36-23) also will meet in the first round of double-elimination regional play. Game times have not been officially set.
This is the Illini’s ninth appearance in the Tournament, and the first for head coach Dan Hartleb.
Full schedule is below:
2011 FULLERTON REGIONAL SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Game 1 – No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 3 Kansas State, 6 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 1 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 4 Illinois, 10 p.m.*
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 6 p.m.
Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 10 p.m.*
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 6 p.m.
Game 6 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 10 p.m.*
MONDAY, JUNE 6
Game 7 – If necessary: Repeat of Game 6 Teams, 10 p.m.
All times Central
*or 50 minutes after completion of previous game. Game times are subject to change.