Illinois has released its 2011 baseball schedule. The Fighting Illini will play their first nine games of the season in the state of Florida. The season starts February 18-20 with games against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and West Virginia at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
The Illini return to the Sunshine State the next week for a three-game series in Ft. Meyers against Florida Gulf Coast. They head back again the following weekend to play Central Michigan, Columbia and host Stetson at the Bright House Invitational in Deland.
Illinois gets out of the sun and into a dome when it plays three games at the Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis, MN March 11-13. Its three opponents there are Gonzaga, Butler and Minnesota.
Big Ten play opens April 1-3 with a three-game series at Penn State. Other conference road series are at Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue. The Fighting Illini hosts Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Indiana in conference action.
The Big Ten Baseball Tournament is May 25-28 in Columbus, OH.
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