Former Illini Roark helps Nats clinch NL East

Any question as to former Illini Tanner Roark’s ability to pitch under pressure has now been put to rest.  Roark’s win for Washington Wednesday night clinched the NL East for the Nats with an 87-63 record.  He did it in style too, pitching seven shutout innings and not allowing a single walk. MLB.com’s wrap-up of […]

Former Illini catcher Davis joins Gators coaching staff

University of Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan announced the appointment of Lars Davis as volunteer assistant coach of the Gators baseball team.  Davis is of course, a former Illini catcher and was named Big Ten Player of the Year back in 2007.  A native of Canada, Lars Davis (shown right at the 2007 Big Ten Tournament) […]

Former Illini Roark makes a visit home

Seems former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark who is now pitching for the Washington Nationals, is making the headlines more and more.  CBS Chicago covered Roark’s return to Illinois as he took on the Chicago Cubs today.  Roark is a Wilmington High School alum so there were some friendly faces in the crowd.  Unfortunately for Roark, […]

The Fletcher Family connection

Bill Beherns did a nice feature news piece on the familial connection between former Illini legend Darrin Fletcher and his son, current right fielder Casey Fletcher. And a quick note: Tonight’s game against SIU has been postponed to Wednesday due to weather. Game time has moved up to 5pm. Tags: Casey Fletcher, darrin fletcher, weather […]

Kravetz takes Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors

With the three game sweep of the Wildcats this weekend, I had a feeling the Big Ten was going to throw an award the Illini’s way this week.  Sure enough, John Kravetz was named Pitcher of the Week.  He becomes the second Illini to receive the award.  Kevin Duchene was dubbed Pitcher of the Week […]

Former Illini Shawn Roof meets up with brother Jonathan this spring

I ran across this photo on my Facebook feed.  It was posted by former Illini Shawn Roof and with his permission, I’m re-posting it here.  Shawn (right) has been a fan favorite wherever he plays and I know Illinois Baseball fans would love to see that he’s still in a baseball uniform. Currently, Shawn is […]

Former Illini Argo named Tampa Bay minor league All-Star

Honestly, did we expect any less from Willie Argo when he was here?  The former Illini outfielder who graduated in 2012, is making headlines in the minor league system in the Tampa Bay organization.  This time he’s made their list as one of the Rays’ Organization All-Stars in 2013.  He’s listed at the first among […]

Chris Robinson hits his first homer for the Padres

After five hitless pinch hit at-bats with the San Diego Padres, former Illini catcher Chris Robinson got his due in the last game of the season. Robinson (seen left during his Illini days) made it count as it was a three-run dinger in his Padres’ 12-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Probably almost as important […]

Tanner Roark being compared to the best… but just let him pitch

Now it’s getting to the point where I hope the pressure doesn’t get to former Illini Tanner Roark…   pressure from the media as well as his coaching staff. From Nationals Pastime: Not only did (Nationals manager Davey) Johnson say that he views Roark above Jordan, who had a very impressive rookie season in his own […]

Former Illini Tanner Roark hits 7-0 for Nats

With a 7-0 record, Tanner Roark is quickly climbing the lists of former Illini pitchers with most wins.  No doubt, this is the quickest start any of them has gotten off to in such a short time.  Roark has won his seven games in just over a month.  His first game for the Nationals was […]