DR trip: Warm weather suiting the Fighting Illini bats

photo via Twitter @IlliniBaseball The Illinois Baseball team has been in the Dominican Republic for two days and they have gotten three games in already.  They certainly have held their own winning all three.  Pat “The Bat” McInerney has a lot to do with their success as he’s homered twice in as many days.  He’s […]

Illini players looking forward to a warm Thanksgiving

I can’t help but feel a little envious of the Illinois baseball players and coaches.  They are going on a trip of a lifetime next week when they travel to the Dominican Republic.  Not only will they get to see some of the sights but they will also play eight exhibition baseball games in the […]

Prepping for DR: Illini baseball practice in November

  Catcher Kelly Norris-Jones awaits the cutoff throw Baseball in November at Illinois Field.  There’s a first for everything.  The Illini were at practice today getting warmed up for their trip to the Dominican Republic.  They’ll be leaving for a week on November 22nd.  For those interested, there is a drive to collect baseball gloves […]

Big Ten Records Book now updated

Drasen Johnson gets listed in the Records Book for leading the Big Ten in strikeouts in 2014 Admittedly, there isn’t a lot that goes on news-wise with Big Ten baseball in between the Orange and Blue World Series in the Fall and the Hot Stove Banquet in January.  This year is a bit different with […]

Photos of Game 3 of Illini Baseball Orange and Blue Series

Anthony Drago takes a cut in Game 3 of the Orange and Blue Series on Friday Friday was third and final game of the Orange and Blue Fall Ball World Series.  What a beautiful day it was for baseball!  The late afternoon game with temps hovering in the low 80s with bright sunshine makes you […]

Photos of Game 2 of Orange and Blue Series

Got out to the ballpark and saw the last half of Game 2 of Illinois baseball’s Orange and Blue Series today.  Here are some photos. Catcher Grey Schultz glad hands pitcher Josh Ferry Our first look at freshman righthander Quinten Sefcik. Jason Goldstein shows he can play first base with this play. Will Krug is […]

Orange and Blue Series this week!

Stop on by Illinois Field this week to watch the Illinois baseball team play in the annual Orange and Blue Series.  Today was Game 1 and according to @Illinois Baseball on Twitter, Orange topped Blue 4-3 on a David Kerian walk-off hit.  If you’re interested in going, there will be two more games.  The next […]

Illini Baseball team takes practice at Illinois Field this week

This week, the Illinois baseball team have been practicing out at Illinois Field.  On Thursday afternoon, I took off work early and observed the guys in action.  While I was there, I snapped a few shots.  I was especially interested to see this person.  This is newly installed assistant Coach Spencer Allen.  He has big […]

Fall semester is here and so is a new banner

It’s the fall semester now at the University of Illinois. As is the tradition with the Illinois Baseball Report this time of year, I’ve replaced the banner photo with up to date photos (and players!).  I do put some thought into who goes up top but it’s certainly not a scientific formula.  I tend to […]

Coach Snider is packing his bags and heading to Louisville

The news that Coach Eric Snider has been hired by the Louisville Cardinals as an assistant coach is very bittersweet indeed.  Coach Snider has been with the Illini since 1999 and has been head coach Dan Hartleb’s right-hand man since he took over.  He’s a smart baseball man and quite known for recruiting talents.  He […]