Second place Illini guaranteed a #2 or #3 seed in Tourney

A little pressure has been lifted off the Illini for the time being, at least. Illinois is now guaranteed a #2 or #3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.  Illinois Baseball puts it simply on Twitter…   As far as the top three, it really is that simple.  Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska have distanced themselves […]

2013 Illinois Baseball by the numbers

Brandon Hohl and Davis Hendrickson:  Two of only five Illinois seniors Only a month and a half from now, the Illinois baseball team will begin their new season against Tennessee Tech.  No time like the present to start to get to know our players of 2013.  Before I get into any deep analysis, I thought […]

Illinois baseball Week 1: News bits and pieces

I’m sure we Illini baseball fans are not given in to schadenfreude.  If we were, however, we would pleased to know that because of Illinois’ 9-4 defeat of St John’s on Sunday, the Red Storm have been knocked out of the national rankings.  But I’m sure we don’t have that kind of nasty attitude. The […]

Preview: Fightingillini.com looks at position players

Fightingillini.com posted the second in their series of 2012 previews yesterday.  This time around, they’re looking at the position players.  Don’t miss the accompanying interview video of Coach Snider.   Who among the position players are no longer on the team?  Well in short, Adam Davis, Pete Cappetta, Casey McMurray, Matt Dittman, Josh Parr.  Those are […]

Fightingillini.com posts pitching preview

Fightingillini.com is now just beginning to coming out with their annual previews of the baseball program.  Part 1 was just posted today on pitching.  It will be a very different pitching staff than what we saw go to Regionals in 2011.  Overall, the team lost nine seniors plus three more to the draft and a […]

Looking towards the 2012 season

Here in Champaign-Urbana, we’ve just had our first taste of winter.  In the last couple of days, we’ve had high temps in the 20s with a nice blanket of snow on the ground.  Up until this point, it was almost (college) baseball weather.  On the Fightingillini.com blog, Ben Taylor reminds us that it’s 36 days […]

Less than 2 weeks till opening day: check out Fighting Illini’s pitchers and catchers season preview

With temperatures at single digits, it’s hard to think of baseball but college baseball is less than two weeks away.  Thank goodness the Illini have found warmer places to play… places such as Clearwater, Florida where the Big East/Big Ten Challenge will take place. The Fighting Illini website has posted its yearly Pitchers and Catchers […]

Around the Big Ten: Argo takes Player of the Week honors

For his efforts last week during the Spring Break Trip, Willie Argo became the second Illinois player to be honored by the Big Ten with the Player of the Week award.  Argo (left) had it coming.  His consistent offense throughout the week made me wonder if he would be considered for the award especially after […]

Around the Big Ten: MSU and OSU doing quite nicely

We’re still in the middle of the Spring break trip but seeing it’s Monday, I’ll post this anyway.  A quick look at the standings:   Team Record Pct. Record Pct. Michigan State 0-0 .000 12-4 .750 Ohio State 0-0 .000 12-4 .750 Indiana 0-0 .000 9-9 .500 Michigan 0-0 .000 9-9 .500 Purdue 0-0 .000 […]

3/16 Post Weekend Debriefing: Matt Dittman gets Big Ten Player of the Week honors

Let’s talk about the fun stuff first. Matt Dittman was awarded the co-Big Ten Player of the Week yesterday!  He hit .615 for the weekend with five rbis and scored seven.  Ditt’s timing was impeccable as his big game came in the 11-10 win against #12 Coastal Carolina when he went 4 for 5 with […]