Poll Watch: Illinois holds on to #2 ranking

Now the regular season is over and the postseason can begin.  That begins with the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Target Field in Minneapolis.  As usual, the polls come out on Monday.  With a two-game sweep of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Big Ten Champs Illinois (45-6-1) can only improve.  The higher rank they achieve the harder […]

Poll Watch: Illinois ranks #2 with Collegiate Baseball, solidifies its national rankings

With its sixth straight Big Ten sweep and 24 wins in a row, Illinois stakes its claim one of best teams in the country.  They are ranked in the top 5 in all of the major polls.  They are ranked as high as #2 by Collegiate Baseball and #3 by Perfect Game.  With an outpouring […]

Poll watch: Illinois baseball gets #3 ranking from Collegiate Baseball!

Three! 3! III!  No matter how you say it, it looks great!  Illinois baseball has been ranked #3 by Collegiate Baseball.  That’s a jump from a #8 ranking from CB from last week.  It goes without saying it’s the highest ranking Illinois baseball has received in school history (though that’s been true for a few […]

Poll Watch: Perfect Game ranks Illini at #6!

Everyone’s on board.  After a 4-0 week, all major polls have ranked Illinois baseball in the single digits.  In fact, the Illini are ranked no lower than #8 and Perfect Game has them as high as #6.  Of note, they also have a photo of Illini starter Kevin Duchene headlining their poll this week, too! […]

Poll Watch: Now at #12, Illinois baseball continues its climb

After a 5-0 week and a sweep against the Northwestern Wildcats, Illinois baseball (24-6-1) has risen in the national polls.  D1baseball once again places the Illini the highest at #12.  Here is the full list of polls and where Illinois is placed:   National Poll Illinois’ Ranking Previous Ranking NCBWA 18th 24th D1Baseball.com 12th 15th […]

Poll Watch: Illinois Baseball inching upwards at #17

After a grueling 2-1 series win against the University of South Florida Bulls team plus a midweek win versus Lindenwood-Belleville, the Fighting Illini (17-5-1) find themselves slowly moving up in the polls… again.  In three of the five major national polls, they moved up.  Baseball America kept them at #25 where they were last week.  […]

After 3-1 week, Illinois Baseball is now #18

Well, check this out.  The pollsters have seen to look beyond the loss to 2-12 SIU on Friday and focus on the fact that they have won every other game in the past week.  Some of the fans I talked to wondered if Friday’s 2-0 loss would affect Illinois’ ranking.  Apparently it didn’t.  The Illini […]

Pitching previews: A diplomatic solution to a nice pitching dilemma

The Fighting Illini baseball program has been doing position-by-position previews in the last few days on the fightingillini.com website.  The previews of the actual starting position players haven’t been too surprising but I was wondering what would happen when it came to the pitchers.  Illinois may be in the envious position of having too much […]

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 […]