Coach Hartleb’s opening week press conference emphasizes peer leadership, flexibility

Eight floors above the snow-covered football field of Memorial Stadium, there was talk of baseball over the lunch hour.  Catcher Jason Goldstein, pitcher JD Nielsen, and head coach Dan Hartleb came to talk to the local sports media about the Illinois baseball program at the expansive media box atop of the Memorial Stadium.  I got […]

Shilling chosen Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Luke Shilling raps a double in Game 1 of the O&B series last fall I didn’t know at last Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet  when I sat at the same table with Luke Shilling that he was going to be honored as the Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being ranked the […]

Illini begins positional previews on

Hey everyone, keep an eye on the Fighting Illini Baseball website the next couple of days.  They are doing a multimedia position-by-position preview for 2015.  Yesterday, they took a look at the backstops Jason Goldstein and Kelly Norris-Jones.  And today, we get a look at the infielders, David Kerian at 1B, Reid Roper at 2B, […]

As opening day nears, Illini Baseball press coverage continues

Opening day is less than two weeks away and I can sense it.  There’s more anticipation and press coverage to match.    Fighting Illini Athletics posted this 2014 Illinois Highlight video.  It’s simply a look back to last year’s 32-21 season with some great footage of the guys doing what they do best.  The formidable […]

New Assistant Coach Spencer Allen gives his first interview

Not wasting any time, newly hired assistant coach Spencer Allen was already giving interviews on the first day here on the University of Illinois campus.  Courtesy of Illini Productions HD, here is Coach Allen’s first interview.  There’s nothing too surprising in the content.  As expected, Coach Allen does place an emphasis on recruiting as well […]

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 […]

Check out Dewi Krug’s photos from Georgia State series!

On one hand, I’m excited that Illinois Baseball season is finally here.  On the other, it’s a little frustrating because for the first couple of weeks, the games are so far away and I have to rely on box scores and (the admittedly good) Gametracker to get my Illini Baseball fix.  So thank goodness for […]

BTN Baseball schedule announced

Opening week is so much fun, don’t you think? As the boys are on their way to Cookeville, Tennessee for their first meeting with the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech, the official weekend preview has been posted.  As noted in my weekend preview, the pitching rotation will include two freshman.  With senior Kevin Johnson going […]

2013 Illini Baseball Record Book now available

The 2013 Illini Baseball Record Book is now online! I know that new assistant sports information director Matt Wille has been hard at work putting this together.  From what I can tell so far, it looks great.  There is a LOT to devour and I just started to delve into it. As in past years, […]

Hohl, Parr honored by Northwoods League

Brandon Hohl Justin Parr A few congrats are in order.  The Northwoods League just issued a few post-season awards and a few Illini were mentioned. First, among their 2012 ‘Finest in the Field’ honorees was thirdbaseman Brandon Hohl who played for Wisconsin Rapids this summer.  His .973 fielding percentage was tops in the NWL.  Also, […]