Casey at the Bat: Fletcher garners another Big Ten Player of the Week honor

A friend of mine observed to me, “Casey Fletcher just doesn’t seem to ever get fooled by a pitch”.  He probably shouldn’t.  He had a good teacher in his father, legendary Illini and former MLB player Darrin Fletcher.  Well, Casey Fletcher wasn’t fooled much this past week.  He helped himself to the Big Ten Co-Player […]

Poll Watch: Illinois makes the top ten in latest polls

Illinois baseball has cracked the top ten!  After another successful week on the diamond, Illinois has gone up in the polls, reaching as high as #8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #9 in the D1Baseball and Baseball America polls.  The Illini went 4-0 in the past week.  That included a 2-0 sweep against […]

Poll watch: Illinois Baseball still seeing an upward trend at #11

There is still one more game left in the Illinois-Purdue series but the national polls wait for no one.  Fortunately for the Illini, direction is still up.  They are ranked as high as #11 by D1Baseball up one spot from last week.  That’s as high as Illinois has been ranked in school history and ties […]

Illini Goldstein and Duchene net Big Ten awards

Not one but TWO Illini baseball players were honored by the Big Ten today for their performances for the past week.  Jason Goldstein was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the first for the Illini of 2015.  And what a week he had!  With four multi-hit games, Jason batted .600 while hitting four doubles […]

Krug’s CLASS candidacy shows his total student-athlete qualities

Congratulations to Will Krug for his candidacy in the Senior CLASS Award.  The CLASS Award is devoted to those who excel on and off the field and who epitomize the total student-athlete.  CLASS which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, recognizes student-athletes who stand out as leaders.  Here is Will Krug’s […]

Duchene wins Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors after keeping Bulls at bay

Three years. Three career Pitcher of Week honors for Kevin Duchene… and the season is still young. Kevin Duchene was awarded the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award for his fantastic effort last Friday against South Florida on Friday.  In seven innings, he allowed just two hits did not give up an earned run […]

Tyler Jay honored, Illinois sees rise in rankings

After a series win against a nationally ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys team last weekend, the Fighting Illini are reaping their rewards today.  That being in the form of a significant jump in many of the national polls out there.  Here is a sample of the polling:   National Poll Illinois’ Ranking Previous Ranking NCBWA 29th […]

Monday de-brief from a 4-0 weekend

Boy, there’s a lot to cover after a 4-0 sweep in which the Illini dominated as they did.  They are of course, tops in the Big Ten after the first weekend though Maryland and Ohio State did put in a 3-0 series.  The other new guy on the block, Rutgers went 0-4. But check this […]

Tyler Jay nets another preseason selection

Pretty soon, this is all going to go to Tyler Jay’s head.  A few weeks ago, he was named as a second team All-American according to Collegiate Baseball.  Now, lightning strikes again.  Perfect Game has ALSO named Jay to their preseason All-American second team.  Here is Perfect Game’s official press release.  In 2014, Tyler Jay […]

Illinois baseball find themselves ranked in pre-season poll

Can Rob McDonnell and Co. keep the Illini in the polls once the season starts? As the University of Illinois Urbana campus empties and the holidays approach, the Illini Baseball team received a gift (or perhaps a curse depending how you look at it).  Illinois (32-21) was ranked in the nationwide preseason polls among Division […]